Mall Twin Theatres
1-3 S. Tunnel Road,
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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Plitt Theatres
Firms: Brookbank, Murphy & Shields
Previous Names: Mall 1 and 2 Theatres
Not much of a name for a twin theatre, but the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres was opened by ABC Southeastern Theatres on July 4, 1975. It was sold to Plitt Theatres in the late-1970’s. Located in the Asheville Mall is a quite little theatre with usually product split between the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres and the nice one screen theatre in Asheville, the Terrace Theatre.
Home office was in Charlotte, with John L .Huff, president. Good old Marion Biggs was the District manager out of Columbia,S.C.
Often,the Terrace Theatre would get great movies like "Heaven Can Wait" while Charlotte bookers would put "How Funny Can Sex Be?" or the horrible Christmas flop,"Moment By Moment" in the Mall 1 and 2; which I would be willing to bet John Travolta bought the prints and burned them.
Still, for children and the Mall it was a great place for kid movies and shopping. "Santa and the 3 Bears" was one such movie. Kids a dollar and parents free. Good kid matinees put shoppers in the Asheville Mall. It was closed on August 5, 1999.
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The showing of Steven Spielburg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK broke all boxoffice attendance records for this theatre becoming the highest grossing film in Asheville when it came out in 1981.
Spielburg’s “E.T.” had the lines snaked around Asheville Mall when it came out as well breaking all boxoffice attendance records in 1982 becoming the highest grossing film for that theatre.
On the marquee at the MALL THEATRES 1 AND 2: June 22,1979…..“ALIEN” in DOLBY STEREO Special additional late show Friday and Saturday!!! Sorry, No Plitt Advanced Ticket Specials or Passes Accepted for this feature. Please attend our Matinees! Avoid the crowds….Plenty of free parking within the Asheville Mall!!!
Due to the extreme content of this picture,we strongly advised that NO ONE Under 17 will not be admitted and must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian for this picture.
Opened on July 4, 1975 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.
Auditorium 1 was the largest with 379 seats
Auditorium 2 seating capacity was 352
Total seating capacity 731
Closed on January 23, 1998 under Carmike Cinemas as the Mall Twin Theatres.
Mike, back on 6/21/2010 you made a mention of a manager named Neal. Would you happen to remember his last name?
It is odd that this theatre stayed open for 23 years and managed to avoid the twinning plague. Those great Ultravision theatres were almost square and as a result were prime candidates for twinning, or should I say “shoeboxing”?
Stanmalo9ne his name is Neil Reed. His is currently the manager of the Fine Arts in downtown Asheville.
July 3rd, 1975 grand opening ad in photo section.
stan.i knew a neil morgan, but he was an assistant in augusta,probably not your guy.
Status should be updated to demolished
An article in the 8/15/1999 edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times says that the theatre closed with nary a whimper on 8/5/1999.