Charlottetown Mall Cinemas

418 Independence Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28204

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raysson
raysson on July 10, 2013 at 11:17 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!!!

raysson
raysson on July 8, 2013 at 9:17 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 8, 2013 at 9:15 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 9:10 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 March 4, 2013 at 10:18 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

thanks raysson and Jay.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on April 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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

raysson
raysson on March 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

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.

raysson
raysson on March 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

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 January 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I have found the original ads for the Grand Opening of the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas,also known as the Cinema I & II from 1963. I wish someone would put this information out there,but I have the original ad from the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

raysson
raysson on January 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Charlottetown Mall became one of the first indoor shopping centers to be built in the Southeast between Washington,DC and Atlanta,GA. Charlottetowne Mall was North Carolina’s first ever indoor shopping center and became Charlotte’s most popular destination center that opened to the public on October 28, 1959.
The mall had two levels that included a Bon Marche' Department Store(later Ivey’s),a Roses Five and Ten,
Eckerd Drugs,another department store,and on the lower level on the opposite end was a huge Colonial/Big Stat grocer.

The Charlottetowne Mall cinemas opened in 1963 as it was the first twin theatres to be established in North Carolina. A third screen was added in the mid-1970’s(By taking the original auditoriums and splitting it down the middle and it was also done in the 1980’s).
A fourth screen came during the 1980’s until its closing in the 1990’s. It has since been demolished.

raysson
raysson on May 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

fondling a theatre girl….these days that would be sexual harassment and statutory rape of a minor. serious charges here.
this sorry bastard of a manager deserved to be arrested too!!!
this also happened to a theatre manager in Durham too who was arrested for fondling an underage girl(statutory rape)after the young girl(who was an employee at the theatre) told police what happened to her on the job,and the next day when the manager show up for work,he was surrounded by local police and the district manager of Carmike Cinemas(which operated the cinema)and was arrested on serious charges of rape and incest of a minor.

These days if anyone did that on the job….towards any young girl,you will not only lose your job…you’ll be arrested too….its not worth it. During working hours,keep your hands to yourself,focus on your job and leave this young people alone during your shift at work.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 5, 2010 at 4:10 am

fondling a theatre girl,boy thats a new one.

drakeg59
drakeg59 on May 5, 2010 at 2:49 am

my brother and i worked there in winter 75. changing the theater marquee at the street. this was before it was moved to the hill. manager at the time was a real jerk, fired us and he got caught fondling one of the girls up front in ticket booth. had our photo taken by jeep hunter of the observer changing the marquee one night.

raysson
raysson on April 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

FYI: At the height of its opening,the Charlottetown Cinemas(which it was twin theatre back in 1963)mostly had rights to show exclusive roadshow enagements,which were mostly reserving seating,and were given either two or three showings daily. Most of the exclusive roadshow enagements were mostly the James Bond 007-Sean Connery films that played here that open to capacity crowds that went to see them: I know in one of the advertisement that a showing of “Goldfinger” was a roadshow enagement and so was “Thunderball” and “You Only Live Twice”. Not to mention other films were given the roadshow treatment at the Charlottetown as well including “The Greatest Story Ever Told”,and more,which it was a twin cinema during the mid-1960’s and early 1970’s,before it became a triplex theatre.

raysson
raysson on October 14, 2009 at 2:29 am

Charlottetowne Mall Cinemas opened in 1963 as one of the first twin theatres to be established in North Carolina. Owned and operated under General Cinema Corporation. The theatre closed in 1994,and was demolished in 2005 to make way for a Target and a Home Depot store.

FYI: The Charlottetowne Mall opened its doors to the public in 1959 as the first-ever indoor shopping center to be established in North Carolina. I don’t know if the mall is still in operation,but the last I heard it was renamed as Midtown Square Mall.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 30, 2009 at 2:31 am

WASN’T THERE A TWIN DRIVE IN BUILT SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE AND I AM SURPRIZED NO ONE IN CHARLOTTE HAS WRITTEN ON THE THUNDERBIRD DRIVR IN. I KNOW IT WAS AN ABC THEATRE.

raysson
raysson on June 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Photos of General Cinema Theatres operating in North Carolina.

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Includes the marquee for the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas from either 1981 or 1982.

PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on March 5, 2009 at 4:08 am

Some excellent history, some images about General Cinema can be found at:
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PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on February 22, 2009 at 3:04 am

Here is a direct links to pictures mentioned above:

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This one of the box-office from Jan. 1982:

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PatriciaCarol
PatriciaCarol on February 20, 2009 at 3:23 am

Charlottetown Cinemas did have three screens at one time (c1981). By 1982 it had 4. Two photos of it can be found at my flickr site: View link
No one has talked about the bathrooms! I can’t speak for the men but in the womens' each stall had it’s own sink. Big, roomy, private stalls! (of course, a nightmare to clean!!!!)

NCJames
NCJames on January 20, 2009 at 3:34 am

Charlottetown was indeed a I-II-III at some point although I dont have the exact years. Im glad someone posted that all General Cinemas popped their own corn. I worked many years at SouthPark and we always popped our popcorn upstairs.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2008 at 4:33 am

General Cinemas usual practice with a big twin was to split one side, making a triplex, then coming back a few years later to split the other large auditorium ending up with in 4-screens. So at some point along the way I’m sure it was Charlottetown Cinema I-II-III, as Michael C. suspects.

Coate
Coate on December 22, 2008 at 2:54 am

“Star Wars” (1977 original) had a 46-week run here, which I suspect was the longest run in the theater’s history.