Village Twin Theatres

2573 W. Franklin Boulevard,
Gastonia, NC 28052

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Located in the Dixie Village Shopping Center off Franklin Boulevard, the Village Theatre opened on October 27, 1966 as Gastonia’s first-ever suburban cinema that was an alternative to the downtown movie houses. It was also North Carolina’s most luxurious theatre with a seating capacity of 750 that was owned and operated under Schneider-Merl Theatres. The Village Theatre was equipped with rocking-lounger chair seating and had the ultimate widescreen projection that was capable of showing larger presentations.

The premiere attraction for the grand opening of the Village Theatre was the Warren Beatty thriller “Kaleidoscope”. By the mid-1970’s, the original auditorium was split down the middle created two shoe-box auditoriums with smaller screens and it was renamed the Village Twin Theatres under Atlanta based Martin Theatres. By the early-1980’s, Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Village Twin until it’s closing in the mid-1990’s.

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raysson
raysson on November 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

From the October 27,1966 ad of the Gastonia Post…… THE GRAND OPENING OF NORTH CAROLINA’S FIRST-EVER ROCKIN CHAIR THEATRE…THE STATE’S MOST LUXURIOUS THEATRE…. THE VILLAGE THEATRE….Dixie Village Shopping Center

OUR PREMIERE ATTRACTION….GASTONIA EXCLUSIVE SHOWING!!!! Warren Beatty and Susannah York in “KALEIDOSCOPE” see it on our super PANAVISION widescreen in TECHNICOLOR!!!!

THE BIG ATTRACTIONS ARE COMING SOON TO THE VILLAGE!!!

-Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in “THE FORTUNE COOKIE”

-Don Knotts in “THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN”

-Fred MacMurray in Walt Disney’s “FOLLOW ME BOYS”

And the our BIGGEST epic of the year is COMING SOON….. Only the VILLAGE THEATRE can bring you the movie event of 1966….Only on our super PANAVISION widescreen!!!

-Richard Harris and Julie Andrews in “HAWAII”

raysson
raysson on November 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

Opened on October 27,1966 as a 750 seat single screen cinema that was owned and operated under Schneider-Merl Theatres. It was named the Village Theatre.

By mid-1975,the original auditorium of the Village Theatre was split into two sections creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. It was renamed the Village Twin Theatres under Atlanta-based Martin Theatres and Fuqua Group Entertainment. It remained under the Martin Theatres banner until the early-1980’s.

The Village Twin Theatres was one of the theatres in the greater Gastonia area that Carmike Cinemas acquired in 1982. By the mid-1980’s,the format of the Village Twin went from showing first-run features to becoming a second run moviehouse in order to stay afloat. It closed in 1994.

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