University Cinemas 6

8925 J. M. Keynes Drive,
Charlotte, NC 28262

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University Cinemas 6

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University Cinemas was located across HWY 29/N. Tryon from UNCC and was operated by Carmike Cinemas. At first a thriving theater that premiered many top art films and high grossing blockbusters. In fact, when “Top Gun” opened, the studio split the costs of attaching half of a real jet and crumbling bricks to the outside of the building to give the effect of a jet flying through the theatre.

Unfortunately, the combination of poor management, rough-housing employees and over all lack of care for the theater would close it down in 1998. It sat empty for about a year before the property owner literally cut the lobby and theaters in half to form small shops and more parking.

The only evidence of this theater can be found in the boot operator’s door that leads too…?

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mfelsher
mfelsher on February 28, 2011 at 2:02 am

Saw HOME ALONE here and the crowd had a blast. That movie came outta nowhere that Christmas Season and just blew the box office doors down.

Nice theatre over all, but I just remember that it was placed in a real tight spot in the middle of a very busy shopping center, and that parking was a nightmare and a half, and just getting into the shopping center was also a pain. This was before the whole area was developed into retail hell.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Yes,very limited parking.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I remember this theater advertising in the Charlotte Observer as the University Place Cinemas (pre-Carmike) and University Place 6 (Carmike). The theater was owned prior to Carmike by Consolidated Theatres (1987-1989). Before 1987 the University Place was co-owned with the Queen Park and Tryon Mall Cinemas.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

Judging from Google Earth — it looks like the building that WAS at this address was torn down and something new put in its place. Does the shell of the building still stand?

raysson
raysson on September 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

This was known as the UNIVERSITY PLACE CINEMA 6 that opened under Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres on August 2,1985. Carmike Cinemas acquired this theatre in 1990 after it bought out Consolidated Theatres. Carmike reduced it to a discount dollar house when it closed in 1998.

raysson
raysson on September 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have the original ads from the grand opening that was advertise in the Charlotte Observer on August 2,1985. The grand opening attractions for the opening of the University Place 6 were

1-“Follow The Bird”

2-“The Emerald Forest”

3-“Prizzi’s Honor”

4-“The Goonies”-Charlotte’s only presentation in 70MM

5-“Fright Night”

6-“Weird Science”

The Coming Attractions?

“Back To The Future”

“Big Top Pee Wee”

raysson
raysson on September 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

I have found the original ads for the opening of the University Place 6. If you need to see them,please e-mail me at

raysson
raysson on September 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

Speaking of Steven Spielburg’s THE GOONIES it was the only theatre in the state and the only Charlotte cinema that presented it in 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo. Ad for August 2,1985

raysson
raysson on September 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

Opened on August 2, 1985 under Consolidated Theatres.

binchwb
binchwb on July 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

I don’t recall why, but after working at Town Cinema 6 for a while, I ended up working at University Place briefly, too. It was still run by Consolidated when I was there. The manager was Art Justice – super nice guy to work for. I worked there in 1988, but never advanced much further than concession worker (at Town Cinema, I was a projectionist/relief manager).

On Halloween night, 1988, the power was out in almost all of University Place. I think the grocery store was the only business with some sort of power running. We all stayed there anyway (on the clock, no less) and just hung out. The drink machines were electric, but the fruit punch machines still dispensed. So here we were, a bunch of idiots in the dark drinking fruit punch and someone had the bright idea to bring a ouija board (it was Halloween, after all). I know this story’s going to sound like something from a slumber party or a sub-par/super-cliched Goosebumps story, but I assure you it’s all true…

We took turns playing with the ouija board and contacted the spirit Ted (he spelled out his name – haha). This was after a lot of “Are you moving it? You’re moving it aren’t you?” We all sat around the board and someone asked “If you’re really here, give us a sign.” Just then, the two people on the board slid the pointer off the side of the board and the theater lights flickered on and back off. Coincidence? Sure, but it spooked us all pretty well.

On one fateful night, I was working Saturday evening and didn’t feel well. I remember a friend of mine came in to see Iron Eagle 2 (so he was the one) and the new, big movie of the week was U2 Rattle and Hum. I wasn’t feeling well. As the evening went on, I just got worse and worse, and my shift didn’t end until 1:00 am. Turns out my appendix burst. I was in the hospital the next day and was there for over a week. After I got home, I called the theater and sadly resigned. It was a tough call, but I was also in my senior year of high school and getting ready to go off to college.

That said, it’s yet another theater casualty of my youth. I need to check out that building sometime and see if there are any remnants left.

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