Tryon Mall 4

4500 North Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28213

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Tryon Mall 4

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Tryon Mall Theatre was the sister theater to the Queens Park 6. Although she has been closed only three years more than the Queens Park 6, the Tryon Mall Theatre sat in a white wash of decay.

This theatre was located in the back of the Tyron Mall Shopping Center at the intersection of North Tyron Street & Sugar Creek Road. The Tyron Mall Theatre was Charlotte’s second Ultravision theatre (after the Park Terrace Theatre), and the last single screen theatre to be built in Charlotte. The Tyron Mall Theatre upon it’s opening was an ultra-modern showplace of charm and beauty, with its luxurious seating, full stereophonic sound and spectacular Ultravision screening. This cinema was beautifully designed both inside and out under the ABC Southestern Theatres banner.

The Tyron Mall Theatre’s premiere attraction was Paul Newman and Lee Marvin in “Pocket Money” on March 24, 1972. By 1974, a second auditorium was added to the original building making it a twin. It was renamed Tyron Mall I & II Theatres on December 25, 1974 with James Caan in “Freebie and the Bean”. By 1983, the original auditorium was split down the middle to add a third screen, and by late-1984, the second auditorium was also split down the middle, making it a four screen multiplex with shoebox auditoriums and smaller screens. By 1989 it went from showing furst run features to becoming a second run discount movie house until the Tyron Mall closed in 1996.

Contributed by UAGirl, Raysson

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

“JAWS II” played here,any old Plitt Employee,go to Remembering Plitt Theatres on Facebook, it is there for you.

raysson
raysson on May 20, 2012 at 2:38 am

Mike,

Both JAWS and JAWS II played here at the Tryon Mall first-run when this theatre was under ABC Southeastern Theatres and later Plitt Southern Theatres.

raysson
raysson on July 31, 2013 at 11:21 am

Mike, The original SUPERMAN movie played here on December 15,1978 at Tryon Mall in DOBLY STEREO when this theatre was under ABC Southeastern Theatres.

raysson
raysson on November 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

For the record, Plitt Southern Theatres closed the Tryon Mall 4 in 1984. Multi-Cinemas took over the operations of the Tryon Mall that same year when they turned this cinema into a second-run discount movie house with reduced admission until its closing in 1996.

Cineplex Odeon NEVER operated this theatre. Plitt closed it before long Cineplex Odeon was about to take over the remaining Plitt Theatres in the greater Charlotte area including the Park Terrace.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

By Multi-Cinemas — do you mean American Multi-Cinemas (AMC) operated this theatre for a time?

raysson
raysson on November 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Scott Neff;

Multi-Cinemas corporation was basically a separate entity from American Multi-Cinemas(AMC Theatres).

Multi-Cinemas based in Charlotte was a subsidiary with Consolidated Theatres,also based in Charlotte. Multi-Cinemas at one time not only operated the Tryon Mall,but also the Queen Park Cinemas on South Blvd., and the University Place Cinemas 6. During the mid-1980’s,the Tryon Mall became a second-run discount house under Multi-Cinemas,while The Queen Park and the University Place were first-run movie houses until the mid-1990’s when the Tryon Mall closed and the Queen Park and University Place became second-run theatres.

planetcadillac
planetcadillac on December 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

There was a movie theater that closed in the 1990s that was located next to Tryon Mall (now Asian Corner) but was located in a building that is now tucked behind a laundromat/dry cleaners. It was accessed via the Sugar Creek side of the mall near the intersection with Raleigh St.

raysson
raysson on February 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

FYI: Charlotte was absent from the state of the art format SENSURROUND system for the Tryon Mall 1 & 2 showing of the film “EARTHQUAKE!” that originally opened on December 21,1974.

The SENSURROUND system was in two theatre in the state of North Carolina that had it for it’s showing of the film EARTHQUAKE!

Raleigh: State

Greensboro: Cinema

**Charlotte was absent from getting SENSURROUND since it was only available in select cities.

raysson
raysson on February 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

On the marquee for the re-opening of the Tryon Mall Theatres I & II on December 21,1974……

TRYON MALL CINEMA I-“EARTHQUAKE!”-Rated “PG”

TRYON MALL CINEMA II-“FREEBIE AND THE BEAN”-Rated “R”

binchwb
binchwb on July 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

I frequented this theater quite a bit during the 70s and 80s, mainly because it was the closest theater to home. I recall it’s original state when it was run by ABC Theaters. When I was 8, my dad too me to see “Superman The Movie” – on January 1, 1979. I also saw “Oh Heavenly Dog” and “Brainstorm” at Tryon Mall.

They ran the summer kids movie program that my elementary school sold tickets to. Saw some odd stuff that I never would have thought to see in a theater that way, like “A Man Called Flintstone” and even “Born Free.”

It also counts as the only theater I ever rode my bike to to see a movie (I believe it was the 1985 version of “Brewster’s Millions”). This was during its unfortunate 4 auditorium + video arcade phase, but it was only a dollar. And although I don’t recall what movie I was supposed to see, I remember sneaking into “Jo Jo Dancer Your Life is Calling” in the theater next to it. When you’re 15, and you sneak into a theater to see an R-rated movie, make sure it’s not a drama/bio-pic.

I miss the old place – even the house I grew up in nearby has been leveled – but the area really went downhill and never seemed to recover. Looking at the picture when it was some sort of nightclub, I couldn’t help but notice how bad the pavement looks. It was bad back in the 80’s too. In fact, I once hit a pothole in the parking lot (behind the mall, where some nightclub used to be, but was already long gone) and it broke a battery cell. The fact that it has never been repaired tells you how much the area has been left to rot. It’s too bad. I used to enjoy this area in my childhood.

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