125 Huffman Mill Road,
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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Janus Theatres, Plitt Theatres, Wilby-Kincey
Previous Names: Terrace 1 & 2, Terrace Theatre, Terrace 6 at Holly Hill East
Located on Huffman Mill Road at the intersection of South Church Street near the Holly Hill Mall(which is now the Colonial Mall), the Terrace Theatre became Burlington’s first-ever ‘Ultravision’ theatre when it opened on March 13, 1970. It began as a single screen theatre with a seating capacity of 700 under Wilby-Kincey Corporation.
By 1974,a second auditorium was built adjacent to the original auditorium, keeping the ‘Ultravision’ brilliance. It became the Terrace I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres. By the late-1970’s, the original auditorium was split into two sections creating shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. On February 14, 1986 the second auditorium was also split down the middle into two sections. It was sold to Janus Theatres in 1987 and in 1992 it expanded to six screens.
It was a great place to see some of Hollywood’s best until the mid-1990’s when Janus Theatres began construction on a huge 14-plex theatre just a mile down from the Terrace Theatre and not very far from Holly Hill Mall. The Terrace Theatres closed in December 1996, and was demolished in 2000. A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse and a Rite-Aid Pharmacy now sits along that intersection of Huffman Mill Road and South Church Street where the Terrace Theatres once stood.
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Opened on March 13,1970 under Wilby-Kincey Theatres/ABC Southeastern Theatres. It was a 700 seat single screen ULTRAVISION theatre. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre was Walt Disney’s “THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES” Starring Kurt Russell,Joe Flynn and Cesar Romero.
THE COMING ATTRACTIONS FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE TERRACE THEATRE…BURLINGTON’S ULTRAVISION THEATRE!!!
-The Alamance County Exclusive Engagement Showing of “GONE WITH THE WIND”-Starring Clark Gable…….
-Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in “WINNING”
-The colossal hit of 1970 “AIRPORT!”-With Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin and with an all-star cast!!!!
-The comedy smash hit of the decade “MAS*H”
You’re right 5 Minutes….this theater was located at the intersection of South Church Street at Huffman Mill Road that was across the street from which was called the Holly Hill Mall(which is now the Colonial Mall)that opened on March 13,1970 as a 700-seat single screen theatre under Wilby-Kincey/ABC Theatres. It was Burlington’s first-ever ULTRAVISION theatre. Was twinned in March of 1974 when a second auditorium was built adjenct to the original auditorium. It was renamed the Terrace I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres. By the mid-1980’s,the second auditorium was split down the middle into two sections,creating two shoebox auditoriums with smaller screens. By 1988 or 1989,it was split down the middle again as it when from three to six screens creating extra shoebox quads with smaller screens not to mention at the time Janus Theatres bought out the Terrace Theatres from Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. It remained a six screen cinema until the mid-1990’s when Janus Theatres began construction on a huge 14-plex called the West End Cinemas 14 that was just a half-mile down from the Terrace and nearby Holly Hill Mall that was set to open in November of 1996 to muscle in the competition. The Terrace Theatres closed in December of 1996 and was demolished in 2000. A Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse and a Rite-Aid Pharmacy now sits where the former Terrace Theatres once stood.
Address: 125 Huffman Mill Road
By 1987-1988 Greensboro based Janus Theatres Group acquired this theatre(THE TERRACE) after it was bought out by Cineplex Odeon and Plitt Theatres. Janus Theatres also acquired the Janus Theatres 1 & 2 as well after it bought out Brandt Theatres Group(aka Trans Lux Cinemas).
December 17,1977 on the marquee:
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Hi all when I drove a big truck I used to park at the TA truck stop and bobtail to this theater to see a movie.
I worked at the Terrace from May 1983 to January 1987. When I started, the theater still featured the two large screens only and was a Plitt Theater. The week before RETURN OF THE JEDI was released we showed BLUE THUNDER and BREATHLESS. As Plitt employees we wore red vests. Sometime before I left the job, Cineplex Odeon purchased the showplace and both houses were split, making a total of four screens. Under the new ownership, each associate sported a black vest and a black clip-on bow tie, both of which I still have in addition to one or more name tags. I can’t recall if the additional house splits occurred before or after my departure. Also in my possession is the “THEATRE” portion of the “AN ULTRA-VISION THEATRE” section of the marquee that I salvaged when the building was demolished. Unfortunately the rest of the sign had broken into many pieces due to a combination of the violence of the demolition and its brittleness from age.
Reopened as Terrace I & II on February 28th, 1975. Grand opening ad posted.
4 screens on February 14th, 1986, sold to Janus theatres in 1987, who expanded it to 6 screens in 1992 and closed in 1996. Aerial photo of the building added.
I saw Close Encounters there in ‘77.