Park Twin Theatres

2290 North Church Street,
Cum-Park Plaza Shopping Center,
Burlington, NC 27217

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Park - Burlington, NC

At the time of its opening in 1966, the Park Theatre was Burlington’s first-ever suburban cinema that was an alternative to the downtown movie houses that were located. The Park Theatre opened its doors to the public on December 25, 1966 as a 725-seat single screen cinema under Schneider-Merl Theatres. The premiere attraction for its grand opening showing was “Follow Me Boys” starring Fred MacMurray. The Park Theatre was equipped with the latest projection equipment along with plush wide rocking seats for maximum comfort and a huge auditorium that had super widescreen that was equipped for showing bigger presentations in either 35mm or 70mm films.

Schneider-Merl operated the Park Theatre until 1975 when Atlanta-based Martin Theatres acquired it when it was still a single screen theatre. By 1978, the original auditorium was split into two sections creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. It was renamed the Park Twin Theatres. By 1982, Carmike acquired the operations of the Park Twin Theatres after it bought out Martin Theatres. It was closed by Carmike around 1994. It was reopened as a second-run discount house in 1997, but closed in 1998.

Contributed by raysson

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raysson on August 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

This was one of the theatres Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1982.

raysson on August 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

This was one of the theatres Martin acquired in 1975 when it was a single screen movie house as the Park Theatre. It was twinned by 1978 under Martin Theatres.

rivest266 on November 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded here.

5minutes on December 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

Big corrections.

The Park Twin closed around 94 or so by Carmike. It was re-opened in 1997 by Tim Matthews (owner of the Graham Cinema) with Austin Powers 1 as one of the earlist offerings. It closed the next year and was never reopened.

Chris1982 on December 29, 2015 at 11:55 pm

There is now a Schewels Furniture Store where the Cinema once was.

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