Carmike Plaza 4

1300 East Broad Avenue,
Rockingham, NC 28379

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Located in the Broad Avenue Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue across from the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center in Rockingham, North Carolina. The Plaza Twin Theatres opened in 1977 as Rockingham’s first-ever twin theatre. It was one of two movie houses in the Rockingham area that consisted of the Cinema that was across the street from the Richmond Plaza, and also the Strand Theatre that was located in downtown Rockingham that eventually closed by the mid-1970’s.(which today is the Richmond Community Theatre). The theatre was located on the opposite end of the Broad Avenue Shopping Center that was next door to a Radio Shack. The entrance consisted of a boxoffice booth and a concession stand that was between the two auditoriums. This was when the Plaza Twin Theatres were under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres Group. Carmike Cinemas acquired the Plaza in 1982 when it was still a twin cinema. By the late-1980’s auditorium one was split down the middle creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens, and by the 1990’s, it expanded from three screens to four screens making it Rockingham’s first multiplex cinema under Carmike Cinemas.

It was renamed the Plaza 4 until its closing in 2002. It was demolished in 2003 to make way for the expansion of the Broad Avenue Shopping Center. At the time of its closing it was the only indoor movie theatre in all of the greater Rockingham/Richmond County area and surrounding areas including the areas of South Carolina and beyond.

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raysson
raysson on August 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Chuck 1231: This theatre was located in the Tri-City Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue in Rockingham,NC. It was on the opposite side of the shopping center right next door to a Radio Shack. It opened in 1977 as a twin cinema under Martin Theatres. The Plaza Twin was Rockingham’s first-ever twin theatre. Carmike closed this theatre in 2002 when it was a multiplex.

IN FACT: The Tri-City Shopping Center was across the street from the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue right on that stretch of Highway 74 Business in Rockingham.

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raysson on August 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Chuck 1231: The Tri-City Shopping Center opened in the late-1960’s as the town’s second largest shopping center after the opening of the Richmond Plaza which opened in 1966 as Rockingham’s first-ever shopping center. The Tri-City Shopping Center OR Tri-City Plaza was anchored by two grocery stores on opposite ends…..One was an A&P Food Store(which is now Sav-N-Center),and on the other end was a Harris Teeter(formerly Big M Stores),and a huge Mason’s Department Store(which was at one time a K-Mart and before that was a Grant City Department Store)along with a Eckerd Drugs and other speciality shops. The Mason’s Store closed in the mid-1970’s and a K-Mart was added in that same spot which also closed around 2002 or 2004(A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse Center now sits in that section where the former Mason’s,the former K-Mart,Eckerd Drugs and Harris Teeter once were)that was Highway 74 East. The theatre was on the opposite side of the Tri-City Shopping Center facing East Broad Avenue and Biltmore Drive across from the Richmond Plaza.

raysson
raysson on August 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

George Lucas' STAR WARS played here at the Plaza Twin on July 8,1977 on Screen Two to capacity crowds.

raysson
raysson on August 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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

raysson
raysson on August 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

The information on this theatre was changed as of August 28,2012.

raysson
raysson on August 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

The Tri-City Shopping Center opened in 1969 with Mason’s Department Store as its main anchor along with two grocery stores……A&P and Harris Teeter….a Eckerd Drugs and specialty shops.

raysson
raysson on April 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

This was one of the theatres that CARMIKE abandoned and left to rot when it closed in 2002 and was demolished the following year.

raysson
raysson on October 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Small as this theatre was I’m surprised they knew how to handle the capacity crowds for bigger features. THE COLOR PURPLE played here as well as HOME ALONE.

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