Regal Timberlyne 6
120 Banks Drive,
Timberlyne Shopping Center,
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Previously operated by: Eastern Federal Corporation, Regal Entertainment Group
Previous Names: Movies at Timberlyne
Located in the Northern section of Chapel Hill, the Timberlyne Cinemas are located opposite the Timberlyne Shopping Center on 120 Banks Drive off Weaver Dairy Road near Martin Luther King Boulevard(formerly Airport Road). Opening to the public on July 9, 1993, the theatre was one of two movie houses in Chapel Hill that were owned and operated under Charlotte based Eastern Federal Corporation (the other was the Village Plaza Theatres off Elliott Road). All six auditoriums were equipped with the latest sound technology with full Dolby Digital Sound, advance ticket sales and acres of free parking.
Eastern Federal operated this theatre until 2000 when Regal Cinemas took over. After the Village Plaza closed in 2003, the Regal Timberlyne 6 remained the only multiplex in Chapel Hill, allowing it to thrive. But the addition of the 13-screen Silverspot Cinemas at Chapel Hill’s University Place mall that opened October 23, 2015, made the Timberlyne more expendable. Regal closed the Timberlyne 6 on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On October 8, 2020 it was announced that the closure would be permanent.
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Opened on July 9,1993…..
CHAPEL HILL’S NEWEST AND MOST MODERN THEATRE OPENS TODAY! THE MOVIES AT TIMBERLYNE CINEMAS
-Latest In Sound Technology
-With Full Dobly Digital Sound and JBL
-Surround Sound in All Auditoriums
-Acres of Free Parking!
THE OPENING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE MOVIES AT TIMBERLYNE:
“JURASSIC PARK”-In Dobly Digital Sound (No Passes)
“MADE IN AMERICA”
“WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S II”
What a horrible way to open a new theatre….. Pauly Shore in “THE SON-IN-LAW”
A lot of people avoided this turkey and flock over to the larger auditorium where JURASSIC PARK was packing them in and keeping the lines going around the block.
Seating Capacity for this theatre was 1,233.
Screens 1 and 2 seated 214 each
Screen 3 was the largest auditorium at 300
Screen 4 seated 175
Screen 5 seated 170
Screen 6 seated 160
The days of this theater may be numbered. Newsobserver.com announced on November 19, 2013 that a new 13-screen multiplex will be built at University Mall, on the site of the soon to close Dillard’s Department Store. The new multiplex may have less impact on the Lumina Theatre, as that fiveplex is further away from University Mall than the Timberlyne 6.
The new multiplex may have a greater impact on the Chelsea Theatre which is across the street over at Timberlyne Shopping Center off Weaver Dairy Road. Not to mention in the article(11-19-13 Raleigh News and Observer) that this multiplex will play its share of independent and foreign films that usually get first-billing at the Chelsea.
But since you were saying that this theater’s days are numbered,the Timberlyne 6 opened in 1993 and it is over 20 years old.
The days of this theater may be numbered. This theater is over 20 years old and it faces stiff competition from nearby Chelsea(an art-house cinema), and Durham’s Wynnsong 15 which under Carmike Cinemas,also over 20 years old,not to mention competition from Chapel Hill’s only Downtown theater,The Varsity on East Franklin Street. Back here in November,2014 GATES construction began demolishing the former Dillard’s Department Store at University Mall and started construction of the 67,000 square foot movie theater that will have 13-screens and will have a seating capacity of 1,500 with luxury seats scheduled to open in late-October or early-December of 2015 or earlier as scheduled under Silverspot Cinemas Corporation.
Regal closed its Timberlyne March 17, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regal/Cineworld reopened some locations but the Timberlyne could not due to governmental ordinances.
When Regal/Cineworld suspended operations in October 8, 2020, it then made the closure of its Timberlyne permanent. As noted above, the addition of the 13-screen Silverspot CInemas at the mall known as University Place that opened October 23, 2015 made the Timberlyne more expendable to Regal. The space would be repurposed as a medical office. The Regal Timberlyne was one of many theaters to be closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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