Cinema Blue 2
419 Eastway Drive,
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Architects: John J. McNamara
Previous Names: Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinema, Climax Cinema
Located in the Eastway Plaza Shopping Center, the Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinema opened on Charlotte’s east side on January 21, 1970. It was Charlotte’s second twin theatre in town after the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas opened in 1963. The opening attraction for the grand opening of the Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinemas was “Gaily, Gaily” starring Beau Bridges, which played in both auditoriums, known as Cine One & Cine Two. It was operated under Brandt Theatres.
The neighborhood and the theatre declined fairly quickly and on October 15, 1975 it was converted into one of Charlotte’s most notorious twin porn theatres, the Climax Cinema, opening with Linda Lovelace in “Deep Throat” & Georgina Spelvin in “The Devil in Miss Jones” in Cine One and Shaun Costello in “Lip Service” & “Night of the Voyour” in Cine 2.
On September 13, 1978 it was renamed with the catchy name of Cinema Blue 2. It was closed in 1987. The building is vacant now, but almost unrecognizable as a theatre. It has been tucked away in the back corner of an aging shopping center that has seen its final days.
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