Tryon Mall 4
4500 North Tryon Street,
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Tryon Mall was the sister theater to the Queens Park 6. Although she has been closed only three years more than the Queens, the Tryon sat in a white wash of decay.
This theatre was located in the back of the Tyron Mall Shopping Center at the intersection of 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 Christmas of 1974, a second auditorium was added to the original building making it a twin. The Tyron Mall II’s premiere attraction was on December 25, 1974 with James Caan in “Freebie and the Bean”. By 1980, the original auditorium was split down the middle to add a third screen, and by 1984, the second auditorium was also split down the middle, making it a four screen multiplex with shoebox auditoriums and smaller screens. By the early-1990’s it was converted into a discount movie house showing second run films until closing in 1996.
Becoming derelict, the marquee was falling and bricks had been busted out of the side and the whole building has been painted ghastly white. At the time I went looking for this theater I found the front sidewalk to be temporary storage for the transmission shop located 20 feet in front.
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