Manor Twin Theatre

609 Providence Road,
Charlotte, NC 28207

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An old classic looking theatre, the Manor Theatre opened on April 11, 1947 with Claudette Colbert in “The Egg and I”. It had seating for 700. It has been twinned and usually played movies from festivals, foreign movies and sometimes new releases.

It was closed in March 2020 along with all other movie theatres due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In May 2020 it was announced that the Manor Twin Theatre would be permanently closed.

Contributed by Anthony Huneycutt

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raysson
raysson on July 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I have my possession the original roadshow ads for the exclusive roadshow presentations that got first-run billing at the MANOR THEATRE and were the only showing in the Carolinas.

THE RESERVED SEAT CAROLINA ENGAGEMENTS AT THE MANOR:

“Exodus”

“Those Magnificient Men In Their Flying Machines”

“The Sand Pebbles”

“Sleeping Beauty”

“Funny Girl”

“Around the World In 80 Days”

THE EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT SHOWINGS AT THE MANOR:

“The Sting”

“Grease”

I have the original ads for these at

raysson
raysson on July 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

CORRECTION:

“The Agony and the Ecstasy”-Reserved Seat Engagement Carolina Presentation at Charlotte’s Capri Theatre on January 26,1966. This did not play at the Manor.

“Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines”-Reserved Seat Engagement Showing at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre on December 25,1965 in 70mm.

“TORA! TORA! TORA!”-Exclusive Carolina Presentation at Charlottetown Mall Cinema I & II on December 25,1970. This movie did not play first-run at the Manor.

raysson
raysson on July 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

CORRECTION:
Walt Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY was not a reserved seat engagement at the Manor. It was a Exclusive General Attraction in the Carolinas.

Otto Preminger’s EXODUS did not play at the Manor. The film was an Exclusive Engagement Carolina Showing first-run at Charlotte’s Center Theatre on May 26,1961. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas. I have the original ad from the May 26,1961 edition of the Charlotte Observer.

raysson
raysson on January 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

On the marquee on April 5,1974….Exclusive Engagement “BLAZING SADDLES” when the Manor was a single screener under Eastern Federal Corporation.

raysson
raysson on February 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

“THE BLUE MAX” was a reserved seat engagement at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre on July 28, 1966. It was the only roadshow presentation engagement in the Carolinas.

Coate
Coate on March 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

raysson wrote: “Dobly Stereo System was installed in this theatre for the June 16,1978 opening of ‘GREASE’”

Dolby’s installation records indicate a Dolby sound system (CP50) was installed at the Manor in February 1978, not June.

Movies released with Dolby Stereo prints in the early months of 1978 ahead of “Grease” included “FM,” “Big Wednesday,” “The Manitou,” and the re-release of “American Graffiti.” As well, ‘77 Dolby productions still in release in early '78 included “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Saturday Night Fever,“ and “Pete’s Dragon.” I haven’t researched it, but it’s possible one or more of those played at the Manor in a Dolby Stereo presentation before “Grease.”

raysson
raysson on March 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Coate is right. The Dobly Stereo sound system was installed in February 1978, four months before the opening of GREASE at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre which opened on June 16,1978.

Movies with Dobly Stereo prints in the early months of 1978 ahead of “GREASE” and “JAWS 2” included the following films:

“FM”-general release on April 20,1978

“Big Wednesday”-general release on May 16,1978

“The Manitou”-general release on April 28,1978

“Thank God It’s Friday”-general release May 19,1978

“Close Encounters”-general release November 16,1977**
was still in release throughout early 1978.

“Saturday Night Fever”-release December 16,1977,but was still in release throughout early 1978 and was re-release back in theatres during summer and autumn of 1978.

“Pete’s Dragon”-release November 3,1977,but was still in release throughout early 1978,and was re-release during the summer of 1978. Charlotte didn’t get the film until December of 1977.

“American Graffiti”-re-release on May 12,1978 in Dobly Stereo prints.

I’m conducting research if one of these films played as a Dobly Stereo presentation at Charlotte’s Manor Theatre.

raysson
raysson on March 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

“Star Wars” which was release in 1977 was absent from the Dobly Stereo presentations in the greater Charlotte area(It played for 46 weeks at the Charlottetown Mall Cinema). The August 4,1978 re-release was a Dobly Stereo presentation that play for an exclusive engagement showing at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre,and not at the Manor. I have the ads. Contact me at

rivest266
rivest266 on December 23, 2019 at 5:35 pm

This opened on April 11th, 1947. Grand opening ad posted.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on May 20, 2020 at 7:37 pm

Manor Theatre officially closing … will not reopen … https://www.charlotteagenda.com/219504/the-beloved-manor-theatre-will-close-after-73-years-in-myers-park/?fbclid=IwAR0wp-lPgdMCv_nQWdnkQIz9wslaiL635dzADH1XwcwyQYvx099GFDsRv38

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