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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raysson
raysson on March 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The Charlottetown Mall Cinemas was also known as the CINEMA I & II. The theatre originally opened on November 6, 1963 with Debbie Reynolds in “Mary,Mary” that played on two screens. I have the original ads from it’s Grand Opening from the Charlotte Observer newspaper as the 1st twin theatres to be established in North Carolina.

raysson
raysson on March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Francis Ford Coppula’s THE GODFATHER played here on March 22,1972.[when it was still a twin cinema]

STAR WARS played at the Charlottetown Cinema for an impressive 46 weeks from June 17,1977 until it ended in December of 1977.[aka The Charlottetown I-II-III]

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played here to capacity crowds in 1981.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on April 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

Posted a pic of Opening Day STAR WARS ad at Charlottetown in July of 1977. Look at the photos for this theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

thanks raysson and Jay.

raysson
raysson on March 4, 2013 at 12:18 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 10:10 am

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 10:15 am

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 10:17 am

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 12:17 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!!!

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