Charlottetown Mall Cinemas

418 Independence Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28204

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STAR WARS - Observer, 1977

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Opened on November 6, 1963 as Cinema I & II. The Charlottetown Mall Cinemas was located off of Queens Road near the main older CPCC campus and across the Midtown Square Mall. A hospital had sectioned off a good bit of her parking to accomidate for the overflow. The marquee stood as a shell of a sign yet still retains the word “CINEMAS”. The box office and the front doors were covered over with wooden planks and then the whole front area was fenced off.

Demolished in November 2005, the last time I personally knew of someone going to inspect her the roof in the lobby had severe water damage from the air condition being left on. There was also signs that her bathrooms and lobby had been pillaged and there were several homeless residents living in her hallways. Raccoons and rats have made Charlottetown their home as well.

Rumor has it that she and the former Shoney’s building in front of her will make way for a Home Depot.

Contributed by Tammy Conner

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

thanks raysson and Jay.

raysson
raysson on March 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Raymond, Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD,MAD,MAD WORLD was NEVER presented as a roadshow at the Charlottetown. It was a general release in 1964. It was given two showings daily with reduced admission.

John Huston’s THE BIBLE was a reserved seat engagement at the Charlottetown around January, 1967.(aka The Cinema I & II)

“HAWAII” was a reserved seat engagement showing at the Carolina. It did not play at the Charlottetown.

“THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”(which was presented in Cinerama) was a general release showing at Charlottetown. It was not a roadshow presentation NOR it was not presented in Cinerama neither. Same with “KHARTOUM” that also played here as a general release. Due to the length of both films,it was given two showings daily.

The re-release of BEN HUR and EXODUS played here too as general releases.

BTW….All of the James Bond-007 pictures played at Charlottetown with the exception of “HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE”-which played first run at the Center.

The Bond Movies that played at Charlottetown(aka Cinema I & II): “FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE”, “THUNDERBALL”, “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE”, “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”, “LIVE AND LET DIE”, “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN”,all the way with “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME”, “MOONRAKER”, “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”,“OCTOPUSSY”, “A VIEW TO A KILL”, to ‘THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS" and “LICENSE TO KILL”….

**The original PLANET OF THE APES played the Charlottetown first-run in June of 1968 as a general release.

raysson
raysson on July 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

When this was the CINEMA I & II that opened on November 6,1963….

Screen 1: had 700 seats

Screen 2: had 600 seats

total capacity seats of 1,300 under General Cinema Corporation.

By 1975 screen 1 was split into two sections at 350 seats each keeping the second auditorium intact as the Charlottetowne Mall Cinema I-II-III

By 1981 screen 2 was split into two sections at 300 seats each becoming the Charlottetown Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV under General Cinema Theatres.

Total seating capacity: 1,950 seats until it closed in 1994.

raysson
raysson on July 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Opened as the CINEMA I & II on November 6,1963 as North Carolina’s first-ever twin theaters under General Cinema Corporation. The opening attraction that played on both screens was Debbie Reynolds in “MARY,MARY”………

The Coming Attractions for the CINEMA I & II:

“IT’S A MAD,MAD,MAD WORLD” with Spencer Tracy

“THE PINK PANTHER” with Peter Sellers and David Niven

“RIO COCHOS” with Richard Boone and Jim Brown

“FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE” Sean Connery 007!

raysson
raysson on July 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

FYI: This movie theatre was NEVER under Carmike Cinemas in the 1990’s…..this needs to be revised!!!!

General Cinema owned and operated the Charlottetowne Mall Cinemas for 31 years until this theatre closed in 1994 when General Cinema filed for bankruptcy

raysson
raysson on July 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

THE BIG CHRISTMAS ATTRACTION FOR THE CINEMA I & II It’s James Bond 007!!! More Action and Excitement! More Girls! More Gadgets! More Spectacular Entertainment! It’s the BIG Bond Show for 1965 with Sean Connery-007!! “THUNDERBALL”-See In On The Giant Widescreen In Color!!! For December 17,1965….Ad from the Charlotte Observer!!!

binchwb
binchwb on July 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

I was one of the many who saw Star Wars here during its original engagement. I was six at the time; my father and older brother went without me – I didn’t want to go (they watched Star Trek reruns all the time and I thought it was the same thing). They came home within an hour because it was sold out. When they tried again, I tagged along and from the opening crawl on, I was hooked – still have my first two action figures from back then – C3P0 and R2D2.

I saw many movies at Charlottetown over the years. It was THE place for midnight movies in Charlotte. They had lenghty engagement of Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with live floor show that I had the opportunity to see. Also went with friends to a showing of Pink Floyd The Wall, in which I fell asleep halfway through (I’d seen it on video before, though). Saw some great movies there over the years (the aforementioned Star Wars, pre-New Hope title) and some really bad ones (anyone else remember Disorderlies starring The Fat Boys?). It was a great old place, but it was wearing down back in the 80s. Still sad to see it go.

raysson
raysson on July 1, 2016 at 11:22 am

“binchwb” You was one of the many who saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at Charlottetown Mall during its original engagement. The film played from June 12, 1981 until April 1,1982 in which surpass STAR WARS' original engagement as the longest-running tenture at Charlottetown Mall.

Other long-running tenture films played here were Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER that played at Charlottetown Mall from March 25,1972 until June 30,1972.(Not to mention THE GODFATHER:PART 2 played here too in December 20,1974 until February 17,1975) Not to mention the Charlottetown’s Reserved Seat Engagement presentation of John Huston’s THE BIBLE first-run in January of 1967. The original PLANET OF THE APES played here.

All the James Bond-007 films played here first-run and they had some great movies that did big business like “Star Wars”, “Raiders”, “Die Hard”,to name a few and some really bad ones too(I fondly remember the worst movie of the 1980’s “Disorderlies” starring The Fat Boys…and anything starring Pauly Shore,and a really bad comedy called “Up The Creek”,not to mention “Superman III”)

It was a grand movie palace that sat across the street from the Charlottetown Mall at the intersection of Kings Drive and Independence Blvd. that was in business from 1963 until 1994. Sad to see it go. Today,it is a business center. Thanks for replying.

I have the original grand opening ad from November 1963 and if you would like to see this and I be glad to sent it you. My e-mail address is posted at the top of the message. Thanks.

binchwb
binchwb on July 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

I can’t recall just how many films I saw at Charlottetown, but I do know that I saw Octopussy there (since you mentioned 007 movies), and I recall on that trip seeing the posters and standees in the lobby for Jaws 3-D and being petrified. Found out a year or two later how lousy it was on HBO. Unfortunately, although I did see Raiders of the Lost Ark in a theater, it was second run at the Regency on Albemarle.

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