Manor Twin Theatre

609 Providence Road,
Charlotte, NC 28207

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An old classic looking theatre, the Manor Theatre opened in 1947 with seating for 700. Usually plays movies from festivals and sometimes new releases.

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Jay Morong
Jay Morong on November 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

The info at the top list the theater as having 700 seats. This is incorrect. The theater has two houses each with 186 seats. So the correct seat count for this theater is 372 seats.

raysson
raysson on February 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

Jay Morong and Chuck1231: When the MANOR THEATRE opened in 1947,it was a single screen theatre with a seating capacity of 700. When this theatre was a single screener it was the showcase for a round of reserved seat engagement presentations among them North Carolina premieres like “Around The World in 80 Days”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Sand Pebbles”, “Funny Girl”,“The Agony and the Ecstasy” among others. It was also got the exclusive engagement showings like “The Sting” too. It was still a single screener by 1978 when it’s run of “Grease” broke all Charlotte attendance records. It wasn’t until 1979 when this theatre was split into two sections becoming the MANOR TWIN THEATRES. When it became a twin cinema in 1979 both auditoriums had a seating capacity of 186 when brings the correct seating count to 372 seats in both auditoriums.

raysson
raysson on July 10, 2013 at 5:10 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 5:15 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 9:58 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 12:22 pm

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 3:43 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 11:10 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 3:29 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 3:35 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

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