Park Terrace Stadium 6

4289 Park Road,
Charlotte, NC 28209

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The 1,000 seat, Park Terrace Theater opened on May 28, 1964. The grand opening ceremonies included a fireworks display, music by the Charlotte College Choir, and speaches by the Mayor Pro Tem, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and a local radio personality named Ty Boyd. At 9:10 p.m. the first movie, "Captain Newman" with Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis ran. Coming attractions included “Flipper’s New Adventure”, “What a Way to Go” with Shirley McLain, and “Good Neighbor Sam” with Jack Lemmon.

The Park Terrace advertised “a startling concept in theatre comfort, and attractiveness where you will experience a new world of motion picture enjoyment.” The theater had a large glass enclosed lobby and “air-flo rocking chairs”. For 1964 it was revolutionary, and Charlotte loved it. In the late-1960’s the Park Terrace Theater offered a long extended run of Disney’s “Mary Poppins”.

The Park Road shopping center opened in the late-1950’s. This was Charlotte’s first big shopping center, and featured acres of parking, and numerous stores and restaurants. Like the theater, it was revoluntionary. It’s still a popular and attractive shopping center.

Along the way the Park Terrace Theater went multi-screen / stadium seating. It’s last expansion was in 1995. The art moderne exterior is still in place. It’s charmingly dated.

Contributed by Robby from Charlotte

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righter40
righter40 on September 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I was manager of this theatre 187-89. Theatre turning 50 in May. Any news about the time capsule opening?

raysson
raysson on October 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

Cineplex Odeon operated this theatre between 1987 and 1989 when you was the general manager. Cineplex Odeon operated it until 1991 when Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre until 1995 when it was purchased by Consolidated Theatres of Charlotte.

Crawfernardo
Crawfernardo on November 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

My brother and I grew up in that neighborhood and went there often. We were at the ceremony buring the time capsule. We still remember most of the items inside. We still live in Charlotte and plan to make it to the capsule opening. Time flys.

tbluemke
tbluemke on November 16, 2013 at 6:44 am

Hello Crawfernando. I am a longtime Charlotte resident and my brother, Jim, is currently a manager at Park Terrace. What items do you remember being buried in the time capsule??

Crawfernardo
Crawfernardo on November 17, 2013 at 2:15 am

We remember many. But we have kept it a secret for 50 years , I think we may keep it untill just before the opening, We have great memories of the Sat morning shows for kids , westerns , Bond movies, good times in what seamed to be simple times.

raysson
raysson on November 18, 2013 at 5:57 am

Crawfernardo: During the 1960’s and into the 1970’s…The Park Terrace showed a lot of classic movies that got first-run billing in the Carolinas. Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” was an exclusive engagement showing in the Carolinas where it played for an astounding 22 weeks!

It also got the reserved seat engagement showings too. The only showings in the Carolinas played first-run at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theater…….

“Shoes of the Fisherman”-in 70MM

“The Great Race”

“Camelot”-in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound

“Doctor Dolittle”-in 70MM

“Rise and Fall Of The Roman Empire”-in 70MM

“Fiddler On The Roof”-in 70MM/6 Channel Stereo Sound

“Irwin Allen’s The Towering Inferno”-in 70MM

Other classic movies that played here too……. “Midnight Cowboy”,the controversial 1969 film got first-run billing at Park Terrace before anyone else in the Carolinas. It was a exclusive engagement that played here for 19 weeks!!!

raysson
raysson on March 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

“CAMELOT” was a reserved seat engagement in 70MM at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theater on December 22,1967. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas. It was one of two theatres in the state that booked it as a reserved seat engagement in the Carolinas(the other was Raleigh’s Colony Theatre).

“FINIAN’S RAINBOW” was also a reserved seat engagement at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound on January 23,1969. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas.

“DOCTOR DOLITTLE”– was also a reserved seat engagement in the Carolinas as well that played at Charlotte’s Park Terrace Theatre in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound on April 3,1968.

raysson
raysson on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

“TOP GUN” was absent from the exclusive 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo Engagement Showings in the greater Charlotte area(especially Charlotte’s Park Terrace). The only theatre in the state that got the 70MM print was at Raleigh’s Mission Valley Cinema(the only theatre in the state where it got 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo presentational showing)when it opened on May 16,1986.

righter40
righter40 on May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations Park Terrace, you are 50 years old today! Wish I could have been there today for the time capsule opening. To start out 50 years ago a single screen, to make it through all the industry changes. Now you’re a six with stadium seating and digital projection, let’s make it to 75! I enjoyed managing there 1987-1989, will try to post some old pics!

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