West End Cinemas
3437 S. Church Street,
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Previously operated by: Janus Theatres
At the time of its opening, the West End Cinemas was the merging of two theatres in Burlington. One was the Terrace Theatres near Holly Hill Mall, and the other was the Janus Theatres(that was formally the Trans-Lux In-Flight Cinema) that was also the Church Street Twin Cinemas. These two theatres merged into the West End Cinemas which became not only Burlington’s first multiplex theatre but also became the Triad’s first multiplex cinema.
The West End Cinemas was a showplace for great entertainment and all of Burlington and Alamance County loved it. The first theatre to have stadium seating in all auditoriums with the latest Dolby digital sound system and additional features. The West End Cinemas opened to the public on November 22, 1996 and amazingly it served all of Burlington and Alamance County for more than 12 years until its closing in early-2008, when the Carousel Cinemas at Alamance Crossing(just two miles away) muscled out the competition. By 2009, the former “West End Cinemas” site was sold to a developer and was awaiting future use that is yet to be determined. It was demolished in 2017.
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Here is an article about the 2009 sale of the property which includes a picture of the theater which will enlarge if clicked upon.
This theater was not “muscled out” by the competition. The new Carousel IS West End Cinemas, built by the same company. For a short time, both theaters were open, but as soon as everything could get moved, it was moved.
Part of the reason this theater was abandoned, besides the better location of the Carousel at a new shopping center right off the Interstate, is because the building just wasn’t very good. There were some flooding issues and the walls were paper thin, causing a lot of sound bleedover in the theater you were sitting in from the next-door theater.
Before West End was built there was a fishing pond on that site. That is the reason for water issues.
Demolished in 2017.
Opened on November 22nd, 1996 with 8 screens and expanded to 14 screens in February 1997. Grand opening ad posted.