Terrace Theatres at Catawba Mall
333 U.S. Highway 70 Southwest,
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Architects: William Bringhurst McGehee
Firms: Six Associates
Previous Names: Terrace Theatre, Terrace Theatres I & II, Cineplex Odeon Terrace 4
The Terrace Theatre was Hickory’s first-ever Ultravision Theatre that officially opened to the public on July 26, 1968 with the premiere attraction of “The Odd Couple” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Located on the opposite end of the Catawba Mall which was one of Hickory’s largest shopping centers that was part at one time of Wilby-Kincey/North Carolina Theatres and part of ABC Southeastern Theatres.
By 1975, a second auditorium was built adjacent to the original auditorium and was renamed the Terrace Theatres I & II under ABC Southeastern Theatres. By 1978, Plitt Southern Theatres took over the operations of the Terrace, and by the mid-1980’s, the original auditorium was split down the middle becoming a three-screen cinema. By the time Cineplex Odeon took over in the late-1980’s, the cinema’s second auditorium which opened in 1975, was also given the split down the middle technique becoming a four-screen quad with shoe box auditoriums and smaller screens and was renamed the Cineplex Odeon Terrace 4 under Cineplex Odeon.
By the time Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre, it was facing stiff competition for newer multiplexes that were popping up in Hickory when it was reduced from showing first-run films to becoming a second run discount house under Carmike Cinemas who closed this theater in 1995.
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