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The Miracle Theater was the showplace of the South held it’s grand opening on Tuesday August 14, 1956 with the premiere attraction of “The Eddy Duchin Story” starring Tyrone Power and Kim Novak. This modern 1,500 seat motion picture theater was one of the largest theaters in all of Fayetteville and Cumberland County and Eastern North Carolina that features full stereophonic sound with a four channel sound system. The Miracle Theater was very unique in terms of it’s modern design and was Fayetteville’s largest theater and the biggest in all of downtown and the surrounding areas.
The Miracle Theater upon it’s grand opening had three projectors instead of the usual two for quality viewing that was capable of showing films in the 35mm and 70mm formats with it’s astounding widescreen auditorium. The main lounge of the Miracle Theater was carpeted and furnished with the latest modern design. The stage part was draped with two curtains, one of which rises was designed in rust plush, and the screen curtain opening to the side was of turquoise plush. It was also equipped with a streamlined snack bar, a lounge room, a smoking section, and a reserved section for other activities. There was a also a balcony section that seated 670 while the front section of the cinema seated 830 bringing the total of 1,500 seats.
The Miracle Theater was one of 19 theatres in North Carolina that was owned and operated under H.B. Meiselman Theatres of Charlotte. A lot of great blockbuster movies played at the Miracle Theater and it was that way until the 1970’s when the cinema went to becoming a second-run theatre showing grindhouse films and the like. By the 1980’s, the Miracle Theater became a discount movie house showing second-run films until it’s closing in 1982. It has been demolished.
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