College Road Cinemas

632 S. College Road,
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Element02 on April 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Saw Showgirls here with college friends that went to UNCW, back in the fall of 1995. We had a ball, everyone in the theater had fun hooping and hollering and shouting comments at the screen. Never would I have imagined that flck would be a cult classic now, I was seriously bothered by that rape scene. Hate to see they demolished this old movie house, haven’t been in that area in awhile.

raysson on April 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Closed its doors on Thursday October 17, 2002. This information will be updated.

rivest266 on October 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

June 3rd, 1983 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for the article,smyjmy.

smyjmy on November 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

raysson, this theater closed late 2002. She made it into the 21 century, but not by much. I will try and find my newspaper article that describes the closing of this theater and the sale to UNCW

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Thanks raysson.And smyjmy.

raysson on November 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

College Road Cinemas opened on June 3, 1983 as a six-screen cinema owned and operated by Fairlane-Litchfeld Corporation. By the mid-to-late 1980’s United Artists Theatres took over the operations until its closing in the mid-1990’s.

It was demolished on October 26, 2010.

smyjmy on November 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

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and the final wall is down….THE END

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for the pictures.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

It looks nothing like the LITCHFIELD Four Seasons Cinemas in Hendersonville,N.C. Granted that was only four screens, but it looks nothing like the pictures above.

smyjmy on November 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Ive been looking around trying to find out if this was a common 6plex style for Litchfield theaters. Does anyone know of another theater that looks like this? It seems to me like its kind of an odd style. Auditoriums in one building connected to the games/concession building by a hallway. Why were the building spaced out? No windows or doors or any obvious reason I can see.

smyjmy on November 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I just came across a news paper article for another local theater and in the article dated January 5, 1988 it mensioned the college road cinemas being “owned by United Artist Theaters after buying out Litchfield Theaters last year”. Litchfield theaters sold this theater sometime in 1987.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

yeah,I wouldn’t want you to get in trouble,but when theatres have closed and the dumpster is in the back as they have been in Augusta the stuff tossed out is pricless to 99 % of the guys that are Ct.I filled a Pick-up truck full when NationaL Hills, Columbia 1 and 2 Theatres and the Regency 8 closed here.When the Weis Cinema Centre closed I was out of town.A friend told me that knew the janitor said hundreds of one sheets from the seventies to when it closed in the late 80’s were tossed in the dumpster.I am sure they are in the City landfill today.

smyjmy on November 4, 2010 at 5:34 am

yeah i wanted to look around also. I would have possibly gotten some inside pics before demolition but there is always a UNCW cop in the parking lot. I actually got chased off the property one day while taking photos haha. I go by everyday to take pictures of the demo. It looks like they stripped the auditoriums bare… evidence of curtains in the rubble just cinderblock walls and the ceiling grid for the acoustic tiles….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Great pictures.Would have loved to gotten in there to look around,Could always use some more one-sheet frames,but i bet they gutted it first.Thanks for putting these on.

smyjmy on October 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Demolition began today. Pics