Riverview Twin Cinema

5200 N. Roxboro Road,
Durham, NC 27704

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Previous Names: Riverview Cinema

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Grand Opening of the Riverview Cinema April 26,1972

Located at 5200 North Roxboro Road in the Riverview Shopping Center, just off Highway U.S. 501 in the northern section Durham, NC. The Riverview Cinema was originally opened as a 550-seat single screen cinema on April 26, 1972. The premier attraction for the grand opening was Gene Hackman in “The French Connection”. This theatre was known for its showing of “blaxploitation” films, first-run features and adult films (that were rarely seen in North Carolina). It was indeed a ‘grindhouse’ cinema that specialized in a variety of movies. The theatre became a showplace for a lot of first-run films that made their exclusive premier showing here in the Triangle area. It also became notorious for its showing of adult films that became part of the businessmen’s lunch special when this was a single screen theatre. It remained that way until 1986 when new management changed hands.

The original auditorium was split into two sections making way for smaller screens with shoebox auditoriums. It became the Riverview Twin Cinema and began to screen second run films at bargain prices until it was officially closed in 1995. The last film screened was a Mike Lee film “Drop Squad” After it closed the theatre was converted into a dry cleaning establishment, and it was demolished in 2002.

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raysson on November 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm


raysson on November 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

April 12,1974…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA… It’s Pam Grier-Exclusive Engagement! First Run!!! “FOXY BROWN” Rated “R” Sorry,No Passes or Special Discounts Accepted. Special Late Shows Friday and Saturday Night!!!

raysson on November 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

August 13,1974…NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA…Exclusive First Run Showing!!!! The Incredible ISSAC HAYES as “TRUCK TURNER” Exclusive Showing!!! No Passes Accepted Rated “R”






raysson on March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

September 22,1973-Exclusive Engagement Showing….. We’ve Got The Best In Town with Jim “Slaughter” Brown “I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL’S ISLAND”-In Color Rated “R” NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds we urge movie goers to arrived early to get the best seats…This will sell out quickly!!! Avoid the crowds! Attend Matinees! EXTRA added late show Friday and Saturday night!!! SPECIAL: The First 200 Customers gets 1 FREE Box of Popcorn and 1 FREE drink while they last!!!!

raysson on March 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

June 1,1973-Exclusive Engagement at RIVERVIEW CINEMA.. James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson in Sam Peckinpah’s “PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID”-In Color Rated “R” NOTE: Due to capacity crowds we urge moviegoers to arrive early for best seats! There will be No Passes Accepted…AVOID THE CROWDS..ATTEND MATINEES!!!

raysson on March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

June 29,1973-NOW SHOWING AT THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA It’s Richard Roundtree!!! Back Again For More Slam Blam Action!!! in “SHAFT IN AFRICA”-Rated “R” NOTE: Due to the capacity crowds for this feature we strongly urge moviegoers to arrive early for showtimes for the best seats. This feature will sell out quickly,so please be advised. EXTRA added late shows on Friday and Saturday night!!! SPECIAL: The First 200 customers in attendance gets 1 FREE box of popcorn and 1 FREE drink while this last!!! HURRY!!!

raysson on March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

June 30,1973-COMING SOON
Marlon Brando in “LAST TANGO IN PARIS”-Exclusive!


Billy Dee Williams in “HIT”

Richard Pryor and Max Julian in “THE MACK”

raysson on March 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

When the RIVERVIEW CINEMA was twinned in 1986,it was split into two sections. While the original auditorium had 550 seats,the twin cinema was split down the middle combining 275 seats each. It closed in 1995.

raysson on December 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

April 27,1974..NOW SHOWING AT DURHAM’S EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE THAT IS THE RIVERVIEW CINEMA..Off Roxboro Rd. It’s Pam Grier as FOXY BROWN…Rated “R”..No Passes!!! Due to the capacity crowds we’re expecting for this feature we are adding a special midnight late show for FOXY BROWN Friday and Saturday. We asked moviegoers to attend our matinees and avoid the capacity crowds for this feature. Theatre will be cleared immediately after each performance.

raysson on June 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

A Kroger Fuel Center now sits where the former Riverview Cinema once stood. The cinema opened in 1972 as a single screener and closed in 1995. It was demolished in 2002.

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