3057 Freedom Drive,
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Located on Charlotte’s suburban West Side on Freedom Drive the Village Theater was next to the last of the single screen cinemas built in that city. The Village Theater was fairly basic inside and out and had some good first-run exclusives that brought in record crowds. It opened as Charlotte’s newest modern-ultra cinema on July 8, 1966 as a 800 seat single screener with “Battle of the Bulge” starring Henry Fonda. It was operated by Charlotte based Stewart and Everett Corporation which also operated the Capri Theater on Independence Boulevard that opened in 1964.
The Village Theater was twinned by 1978 when the original auditorium was given the split down the middle technique with shoebox auditoriums and smaller screens and renamed the Village 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 after its acquisition of Stewart and Everett. As a result the neighborhood surrounding the cinema declined as it went from showing first-run exclusives to becoming a second-run discount cinema under Carmike Cinemas that closed the Village Theater in 1989. The building still stands as a office complex and has been adapted inside for a variety of different uses over the years.
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