Mall Twin Theatres

1-3 S. Tunnel Road,
Asheville, NC 28805

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Plitt Theatres

Firms: Brookbank, Murphy & Shields

Previous Names: Mall 1 and 2 Theatres

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Mall Twin Theatres

Not much of a name for a twin theatre, but the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres was opened by ABC Southeastern Theatres on July 4, 1975. It was sold to Plitt Theatres in the late-1970’s. Located in the Asheville Mall is a quite little theatre with usually product split between the Mall 1 and 2 Theatres and the nice one screen theatre in Asheville, the Terrace Theatre.

Home office was in Charlotte, with John L .Huff, president. Good old Marion Biggs was the District manager out of Columbia,S.C.

Often,the Terrace Theatre would get great movies like "Heaven Can Wait" while Charlotte bookers would put "How Funny Can Sex Be?" or the horrible Christmas flop,"Moment By Moment" in the Mall 1 and 2; which I would be willing to bet John Travolta bought the prints and burned them.

Still, for children and the Mall it was a great place for kid movies and shopping. "Santa and the 3 Bears" was one such movie. Kids a dollar and parents free. Good kid matinees put shoppers in the Asheville Mall. It was closed on August 5, 1999.

Contributed by MikeRogers

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

raysson on May 11, 2014 at 1:41 am

On the marquee at the MALL THEATRES 1 AND 2: June 22,1979…..“ALIEN” in DOLBY STEREO Special additional late show Friday and Saturday!!! Sorry, No Plitt Advanced Ticket Specials or Passes Accepted for this feature. Please attend our Matinees! Avoid the crowds….Plenty of free parking within the Asheville Mall!!!

Due to the extreme content of this picture,we strongly advised that NO ONE Under 17 will not be admitted and must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian for this picture.

raysson on May 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Opened on July 4, 1975 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.

Auditorium 1 was the largest with 379 seats

Auditorium 2 seating capacity was 352

Total seating capacity 731

raysson on May 14, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Closed on January 23, 1998 under Carmike Cinemas as the Mall Twin Theatres.

StanMalone on May 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Mike, back on 6/21/2010 you made a mention of a manager named Neal. Would you happen to remember his last name?

It is odd that this theatre stayed open for 23 years and managed to avoid the twinning plague. Those great Ultravision theatres were almost square and as a result were prime candidates for twinning, or should I say “shoeboxing”?

Mikeoaklandpark on May 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Stanmalo9ne his name is Neil Reed. His is currently the manager of the Fine Arts in downtown Asheville.

rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

July 3rd, 1975 grand opening ad in photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

stan.i knew a neil morgan, but he was an assistant in augusta,probably not your guy.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Status should be updated to demolished

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm

An article in the 8/15/1999 edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times says that the theatre closed with nary a whimper on 8/5/1999.

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