Carmike Willowdaile Cinema 8
1501 Horton Road,
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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas
Styles: Spanish Renaissance
Previous Names: Willowdaile Cinema 8
Opening on December 12, 1986, the Willowdaile Cinema became the second multiplex theater to open in the greater Raleigh-Durham area, and the first 8-screen theatre to open under Carmike Cinemas. The theatre was located in the northern section of Durham at Willowdaille Shopping Center at the intersection of Horton Road and Guess Road. The theatre consisted of two large auditoriums with a seating capacity of 500, with full Dolby Stereo Sound and widescreen projection for bigger presentations. The premiere attractions for its grand opening were Eddie Murphy in “The Golden Child” and Steve Martin in “The Three Amigos” which played each in two auditoriums along with other showings.
The Willowdaille Cinema was the place to come and see some of Hollywood’s best as well as exclusive engagements and premiere showings that got first-run billing.. By the early 2000’s, the Willowdaile Cinema had fallen on hard times due to the increased number of newer, more sophisticated mulitplex cinema that were being built that had changed the demographics on the section of town, not to mention the lengthy road widening road project on Guess Road that took five years to complete. By June 2, 2005, after more than 19 years of serving the greater Durham and surrounding communities, the Willowdaille Cinema 8 closed its doors forever. It was demolished in mid-2006 to make way for a Harris Teeter grocer that opened in mid-2009 on the site where the Willowdaille Cinema 8 had once stood.
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