Queens Park 6

3700 South Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28217

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The Queens Park Multi-Cinemas sat on what used to be the Queens Park Drive-In Theatre. It opened on December 17, 1982, and was operated by Multi-Cinemas Ltd. Each auditorium seated 350. The Queens Park 6 remained a discount theatre until it was closed in 1998 when Piedmont Theatres folded.

She was in excellent conditon with the only exceptions being the ripped up poster frames. From looking in it is easy to see that most of the equipment in concession was left there. I can only speculate about the booth equipment.

The theater was demolished in 2006.

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abejita
abejita on July 4, 2006 at 11:49 am

Does anyone know who owns this property currently?

ncmark
ncmark on December 23, 2006 at 1:08 pm

The Queen Park has been recently demolished. This theater was in terrible shape before it closed. It does have the distinction of being the original home of the Charlotte Film Society. That organization first rented a screen here for a monthly art fim series in the 80’s. The organization was formed in response to the Visulite Theater closing which left Charlotte without an art house cinema. The Film Society quickly moved to the Manor Theater where it stayed in residence for more than 20 years. The society is currently on hiatus though.

ncmark
ncmark on December 4, 2008 at 9:15 am

The Queen Park opened in December ‘82.

QueenPark6
QueenPark6 on July 26, 2010 at 2:03 am

I worked there for a couple years beginning in the early fall of ‘83 at age 16, was an usher, concession, and even became a projectionist until I left to go into the military. It was only a couple years but at that age, it seemed like a big chunk of your life. I saw a lot of people come and go during that time. Back then, that was a big deal, six movies going at the same time. Everywhere else in town was two movies. It was of course, a second run theater and a $1 bill got you into any movie you wanted to see. That place really drew in the crowds and it could get a little wild, they even ran Midnight movies and we wouldn’t get out of there until well after 2 am, I can remember some very sleepy nights driving home. The projection booth was in the shape of a track, like a high school field/running track and it took a while to get from projector #1 back around to #6. It was kind of spooky being up there by yourself running those things, especially late at night. There were multiple stairways going up into the second level and a two-way mirror over-looking the concessions and the entrance doors on either side of the ticket booth. It was about the coolest job in the world for a teenager, and a big responsibility but once you got the hang of running and maintaining the projectors, and splicing the films together and taking them apart, it was a pretty easy job and I could wear pretty much whatever I wanted while everyone else down below had to dress in a dress shirt and slacks, and tie. I would also help count the money from the box office and concessions at the end of the night. Hard to believe that’s been 25 years ago now. I wanted some years ago to get access and take a tour of the place but I had thought it would make me sad. It would have been creepy going up into the second floor, it was always dark up there of course. Back then, everything was new and the place was state-of-the-art. Would have been sad going up there seeing it all covered in spider webs or whatever, I can only imagine. A lot of memories in that place. But, now its gone. It exists now, only in my memories.

mfelsher
mfelsher on February 28, 2011 at 4:59 am

I never really frequented this theatre as it wasn’t very close to my house, but in 1988 I did attend a marathon screening of (then) all three NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies which was then capped off by the premiere of the fourth entry, THE DREAM MASTER. I actually wore my NIGHTMARE 3 shirt and Freddy Glove, and they had a Freddy look-a-like run up and down the aisles during breaks between movies.

It was a blast.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

thanks Ghost.pity you guys never took pictures.

raysson
raysson on December 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

From the December 17,1982 edition of The Charlotte Observer about the Queen Park Multi-Cinemas.

CHARLOTTE’S LARGEST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS TODAY

The best movie-going experience in Charlotte is now open. Multi-Cinema Limited,a theatre chain that owns and operates 79 theatres in North and South Carolina,is unveiling its ambitious project,the Queen Park Cinemas located at 3700 South Boulevard.

The plush state of the art,$3 million,elaborately constructed six-theatre complex will impress any theatre-goer. Queen Park will have have six identical auditoriums that will accommodate 350 people each,with spacious seating of 42 inches between each row. The walls surrounding the theatres are completely soundproofed and draped. One of the unique features of these theatres is the floor is covered with white vinyl(no sticky concrete floors)and the aisles are tastefully carpeted with indented chrome strips to guide people in the darkened theatres. The lobby contains a 60-foot long concession area with six completely self-contained stations. A patron can come out of virtually any auditorium and be waited on.

We have made special efforts to improve the quality of theatre sound by installing the most advanced technology. All the auditoriums are equipped with Kintek stereophonic sound systems as well as Dobly noise reduction systems. The most revolutionary thing about Queen Park is that all six theatres will carry a $1.00 admission policy for all features. To our knowledge no one else has built a new and elaborate complex and opened with a $1.00 admission policy. What we have done is spared no expense to build a discount theatre.

In building this extraordinarily plush motion picture theatre we are trying to make a statement. We are saying to the people of Metrolina(Greater Charlotte) that when you out your $1.00 down you are getting $4.00 worth of entertainment, But the buck doesn;t stop here. Adjacent to the theatre is a 4,000 square foot game room with capacity for more than 120 video games. Equipped with its own concessions and restrooms,the game room will have longer hours than the theatre,opening earlier and closing later. Entry to the game room can be made from the theatre or from outside.

In addition,one of the six screens will be designated as a repertory screen and will play only Independent releases as well as foreign, art and classic films. Don’t miss this great entertainment experience.

raysson
raysson on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

THE QUEEN PARK CINEMAS opened on December 17,1982 as Charlotte’s largest entertainment complex discount theatre. Admission for all features was $1.00.

The premiere attractions for the grand opening of the Queen Park Cinemas were………

–“FRIDAY THE 13TH,PART 3 IN 3-D”

-Sylvester Stallone in “FIRST BLOOD”

-Richard Gere “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN”

-Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams in “POLTERGEIST”

-Albert Finney and Carol Burnett in “ANNIE”

-Exclusive Charlotte Engagement of “DIVA”[Art House]

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