McDowell Twin Cinemas

1240 N. Main Street,
Marion, NC 28752

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The McDowell Cinemas was opened by the early-1980’s. Seating was listed at 400. It was independently operated. The McDowell Cinemas closed in January 2014. I wonder if not being able to afford digital projection had anything to do with the closing.

Any additional information on the McDowell Cinemas would be appreciated.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

The theatre closed in January 2014, not 2012.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

raysson on January 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I have one of the advertisement from the Marion, NC Newspaper that had a showing of “E.T.” back in 1982. If you need to see this ad,please contact me at

This theatre opened in early-1980 as the McDowell Cinema 1 & 2 under Charlotte based Stewart and Everett.

Carmike Cinemas took over in 1986 and renamed it the McDowell Twin Theatres. By the mid-2000’s it was owned and operated under an Independent company until January of 2014.

TimRoss on January 3, 2018 at 6:20 am

I was the assistant manager at this theater in the early 90’s. It was owned and operated by Terry and Sharon Matthews for about 2 years when they sold the theater and moved back to Birmingham Alabama.

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