RCE Roanoke Rapids Theaters 1 & 2

1722 E. 10th Street,
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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Operated by: RCE Theaters

Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Stewart and Everett

Functions: Movies (Family), Movies (First Run), Movies (Second Run)

Previous Names: Roanoke Cinemas 1 & 2, Roanoke Rapids Cinema 1 & 2

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 252.537.6302

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RCE Roanoke Rapids Theaters 1 & 2

Also known as the Roanoke Cinema 1 & 2, the cinema opened in the late-1970’s as a twin cinema under the Stewart & Everett Theatre chain. Carmike Cinemas acquired it in 1986 and later this moviehouse became a independent chain. As of the writing, it is the only movie theatre operating in the town. By January 2023 it was operated by RCE Theaters.

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Coate on June 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

How many theaters were there in Roanoke Rapids during the 1970s? I ask because I wonder if perhaps this theater, described above as a twin, opened as a single screener? My notes from a recent research project indicate that, circa 1977, there was a “Cinema” operating in Roanoke Rapids, and looking at the photo of the theater (on the theater’s website, viewable from the link provided above under Related Websites) one can see the marquee reads “Cinema” and the design of the building looks like a second screen was added.

raysson on June 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

There were two theatres in Roanoke Rapids during the mid-to-late 1970’s. One was the Peoples Theatre that was located in Downtown Roanoke Rapids. The other was the Cinema,located on East 10th Street.

The Peoples Theatre at the time the Cinema opened in the 1970’s was the only operating movie theatre in town. The Cinema changed all that and during the late-1970’s and the early 1980’s The Peoples Theatre and the Cinema were the only two moviehouses in town until the Peoples Theatre closed its doors in 1985,leaving only the Cinema 1 & 2 the only operating theatre in town and all of Halifax County.

NightHawk1 on January 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

The roadside marquee identifies this theater as the “Roanoke Cinemas”. This theater was probably built in 1971, as it strongly resembles the Neuse Boulevard Cinema in New Bern. The Roanoke (Rapids) Cinema was originally a single screen theater (as was the Neuse Blvd. Cinema); I remember passing it by going to visit my great-grandmother in the early 1970s and there was only one movie listed on the marquee in those days. If Martin Theatres did own this theater, it was their only North Carolina location east of Raleigh.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2022 at 4:37 pm

Coate and NightHawk1 were probably right about this house opening as a single screener, probably in 1971. The May 31, 1971 issue of Boxoffice had a brief article headed “Schneider-Merl’s 9th Theatre is Announced” and it was about a project for a 600-seat single screen house at the Plaza shopping center in Roanoke Rapids. It was one of at least four projects the rapidly expanding Schneider-Merl chain had underway at the time, three of which (that I’ve found so far) rated articles in Boxoffice that year. The other two were at Durham and at Boone, North Carolina. All three articles cited Tom Hutchins of Spartanburg as the architect of the theaters.

dansdriveintheater on January 15, 2023 at 10:58 pm

Now rce theatres Roanoke rapids please update

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