Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HE'LL HAVE YOU IN A DITHER WITH HIS ZITHER

This website is devoted to the history of the motion picture theaters located in Rowan County and Salisbury, North Carolina.


Contained within this website are the movies that played at Salisbury, N.C. / Rowan County theaters for seventy years (25,568 consecutive days) from January 1, 1920 through December 31, 1989.

A list of movie celebrities who appeared in person on local theater stages as well as a brief history of the theaters themselves can be located on
THE THEATRES PLUS SELECTED SHORT SUBJECTS
page. Also on this page are a number of out of the ordinary events which occurred at the local movie houses.


The movie listings for MARCH 1942 - DECEMBER 1989 can be located on their respective pages. The index is to your left.

The movies listings for JANUARY 1920 - FEBRUARY 1942 can be located in chronological order by scrolling through the
HOME PAGE. Other movie information can be found on the HOME PAGE as well.



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

MARK WINEKA
KENT BERNHARDT
SALISBURY POST
ROWAN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HISTORY ROOM



Have fun with the website. Check out what movies were playing the day you were born, the day you graduated, the day you were married, etc. It's pretty much all here.



I hope you enjoy going back in movie time and will visit often.

TRIPPING BACK TO APRIL 1983

TERRACE THEATRE

1 - 7     HIGH ROAD TO CHINA (1983) Tom Sellick, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Robert Morley
8 - 14   RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies
15 - 28 JOYSTICKS (1983) Joe Don Baker, Leif Green, Jim Greenleaf, Scott McGinnis, John Diehl
29 - 30 TOOTSIE (1982) Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Bill Murray





TOWNE TWIN CINEMAS

#1

1 - 7     THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS (1983) Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield
8 - 14   POWERFORCE (1982) Bruce Li, Bruce Baron, Frances Fong, Philip Cheung, Elton Chong
15 - 28 LONE WOLF McQUADE (1983) Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, L.Q. Jones
29 - 30 HEART LIKE A WHEEL (1983) Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Barlow, Hoyt Axton

#2

1 - 21   SPRING BREAK (1983) David Nell, Perry Lang, Paul Land, Jessica James, Jayne Modean
22 - 29 MY TUTOR (1983) Caren Kaye, Matt Lattanzi, Kevin McCarthy, Arlene Golonka, Bruce Bauer


ROWAN CINEMAS   (Third screen added)

#1

1 - 7     TOUGH ENOUGH (1983) Dennis Quaid, Warren Oates, Pam Grier, Fran Ryan, Terra Perry
8 - 28   GANDHI (1982) Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard



29 - 30 MAX DUGAN RETURNS (1983) Donald Sutherland, Marsha Mason, Jason Robards

#2

1 - 7     EDDIE MACON'S RUN (1983) Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell, Jay O. Sanders
8 - 14   SOPHIE'S CHOICE (1982) Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Stephen Newman



15 - 21 THE OUTSIDERS (1983) C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze
22 - 28 TRENCHCOAT (1983) Robert Hays, Margot Kidder, Daniel Faraldo, Gila von Weitershausen
29 - 30 THE BOOGENS (1981) Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

#3

1 - 14   THE SWORD IN THE STONE (1963) Walt Disney full-length animated feature
15 - 30 FLASHDANCE (1983) Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Lee Ving





THUNDERBIRD DRIVE-IN THEATRE

1 - 14   E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) Dee Wallace Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore
            FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ray Walston



15 - 21 HIGH ROAD TO CHINA (1983) Tom Sellick, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Robert Morley
            THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER (1982) Tommy Chong, Toni Attell, Mike Bacarella
22 - 28 SPRING BREAK (1983) David Nell, Perry Lang, Paul Land, Jessica James, Jayne Modean
            RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP (1982) Filmed live concert
29 - 30 JOY STICKS (1983) Joe Don Baker, Leif Green, Jim Greenleaf, Scott McGinnis, John Diehl
            SILVER DREAM RACER (1980) David Essex, Beau Bridges, Cristina Raines, Ed Bishop

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

APRIL 1945 - NEAR THE END OF WWII

CAPITOL THEATRE

1 - 3     THUNDERHEAD - SON OF FLICKA (1945) Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, Roddy McDowall
4 - 7     THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944) Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker





8 - 10   TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945) Rita Hayworth, Janet Blair, Lee Bowman, Marc Platt
11 - 14 MUSIC FOR MILLIONS (1944) June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, Jose Iturbi
15 - 17 THE UNSEEN (1945) Joel McCrea, Jane Russell, Herbert Marshall, Norman Lloyd, Tom Tully
18 - 21 WINGED VICTORY (1944) Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, Judy Holliday, Edmond O'Brien
22 - 25 PRACTICALLY YOURS (1944) Fred MacMurray, Claudette Colbert, Gil Lamb, Tom Powers
26 - 28 BELLE OF THE YUKON (1944) Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns
29 - 30 SUDAN (1945) Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, George Zucco, Andy Devine, Jack Chefe


VICTORY THEATRE

1 - 2     ABROAD WITH TWO YANKS (1944) William Bendix, Dennis O'Keefe, Arthur Hunnicutt
3          TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (1944) Phil Baker, Madge Meredith, Edward Ryan, Stanley Prager
4          ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre
5 - 7     SHERIFF OF LAS VEGAS (1944) Bill Elliott, Peggy Stewart, Robert Blake, Alice Fleming
            plus serial chapter ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP (1944) Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Jack Kirk
8 - 9     THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932) Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton
10        BRIDE BY MISTAKE (1944) Alan Marshal, Laraine Day, Marsha Hunt, Edgar Buchanan
11 - 12 TILL WE MEET AGAIN (1944) Ray Milland, Barbara Britton, Lucile Watson, Walter Slezak





13 - 14 TRIGGER LAW (1944) Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, Beatrice Gray, Ed Cassidy, Jack Ingram
            plus serial chapter ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP (1944) Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Jack Kirk
15 - 16 THE IMPATIENT YEARS (1944) Lee Bowman, Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Edgar Buchanan
17        THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1944) Fredric March, Alexis Smith, Donald Crisp
18 - 19 SKY DEVILS (1932) Spencer Tracy, Ann Dvorak, George Cooper, Forrester Harvey
20 - 21 SONG OF THE RANGE (1944) Jimmy Wakely, Dennis Moore, Lee "Lasses" White, Sam Flint
            plus serial chapter ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP (1944) Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Jack Kirk
22 - 23 RESURECTION (1944) Doris Duranti, Claudio Gora, Germana Paolieri
24        HI YA, SAILOR (1943) Donald Woods, Elyse Knox, Phyllis Brooks, Eddie Quillan, Matt Willis
25 - 26 LAURA (1944) Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson
27 - 28 ROUGH RIDIN' JUSTICE (1945) Charles Starrett, Jimmy Wakely, Dub Taylor, Steve Clark 
            plus serial chapter ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP (1944) Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Jack Kirk
29 - 30 SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS (1944) Carmen Miranda, Vivian Blaine, Michael O'Shea


STATE THEATRE

1          SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones
2 - 3     LEAVE IT TO BLONDIE (1945) Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Jonathan Hale, Chick Chandler
4 - 5     ENEMY OF WOMEN (1944) Donald Woods, Claudia Drake, H.B. Warner, Wolfgang Zilzer 
6 - 7     THE MARK OF THE WHISTLER (1944) Richard Dix, Janis Carter, Porter Hall, Matt Willis
            plus serial chapter HAUNTED HARBOR (1944) Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft


8          THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944) Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker
9 - 10   HANGOVER SQUARE (1945) Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Faye Marlowe
11        SADDLE LEATHER LAW (1944) Charles Starrett, Lloyd Bridges, Jimmy Wakely, Dub Taylor
            LIVE ON STAGE: SMILEY BURNETTE
12        THAT'S MY BABY! (1944) Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew, Leonid Kinskey, Marjorie Manners
13 - 14 THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944) Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Coe, Kay Harding, Virginia Christine
            plus serial chapter HAUNTED HARBOR (1944) Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft
15        MUSIC FOR MILLIONS (1944) June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, Jose Iturbi
16 - 17 POT O'GOLD (1941) James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt, Charles Winninger
18 - 19 THE GREAT FLAMARION (1945) Erich von Stroheim, Mary Beth Hughes, Dan Duryea
20 - 21 THE BIG BONANZA (1944) Richard Arlen, Jane Frazee, George "Gabby" Hayes, Monte Hale
            plus serial chapter HAUNTED HARBOR (1944) Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft
22        WINGED VICTORY (1944) Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, Judy Holliday, Edmond O'Brien
23 - 24 FOREVER YOURS (1945) Johnny Mack Brown, Gale Storm, Conrad Nagel, Catherine McLeod
25        DEAD MAN'S EYES (1944) Lon Chaney Jr., Acquanetta, Paul Kelly, Jean Parker, Eddie Dunn
26        LONG SHOT (1939) Gordon Jones, Marsha Hunt, C. Henry Gordon, Frank Darien, Carl Meyer
            LIVE ON STAGE: MARQUIS THE MAGICIAN
27 - 28 UNDER WESTERN SKIES (1945) Leo Carrillo, Martha O'Driscoll, Leon Errol, Ian Keith
            plus serial chapter HAUNTED HARBOR (1944) Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge, Roy Barcroft
29        BELLE OF THE YUKON (1944) Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns
30        MOLLY AND ME (1945) Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields, Roddy McDowall, Reginald Gardiner


ROCKWELL THEATRE

1 - 2     BELLE OF THE YUKON (1944) Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns
3          THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932) Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton
4 - 5     TOGETHER AGAIN (1944) Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Charles Coburn, Jerome Courtland 
6 - 7     COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN (1936) Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Ann Rutherford
            DARK MOUNTAIN (1944) Robert Lowery, Ellen Drew, Regis Toomey, Elisha Cook Jr.
8 - 9     THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (1944) Dennis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, Faye Emerson
10        THE BIG BONANZA (1944) Richard Arlen, Jane Frazee, George "Gabby" Hayes, Monte Hale
11 - 12 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943) Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Arturo de Cordova
13 - 14 CHEYENNE WILDCAT (1944) Bill Elliott, Peggy Stewart, Robert Blake, Francis McDonald
            STRANGE AFFAIR (1944) Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan
15 - 16 EARL CARROLL'S VANITIES (1945) Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Alan Mowbray
17        UTAH (1945) Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, George "Gabby" Hayes, Peggy Stewart, Vivien Oakland
18 - 19 AND NOW TOMORROW (1944) Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan
20 - 21 RIDE RANGER RIDE (1936) Gene Autry, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, George J. Lewis
            GIRL RUSH (1944) Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Frances Langford, Robert Mitchum, Paul Hurst 
22 - 23 TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945) Rita Hayworth, Janet Blair, Lee Bowman, Marc Platt
24        LAKE PLACID SERENADE (1944)  Robert Livingston, Vera Ralston, Stephanie Bachelor 
25 - 26 CARTOON CARNIVAL - Two hours of animated fun for all
27 - 28 TAHITI NIGHTS (1944) Jinx Falkenberg, Dave O'Brien, Florence Bates, Cy Kendall
            SILVER CITY KID (1944) Allan Lane, Peggy Stewart, Wally Vernon, Harry Woods, Bud Geary



29        EVE KNEW HER APPLES (1945) William Wright, Ann Miller, Ray Walker, Robert Williams
30        HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (1944) Dane Clark, Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Andrea King


SPENCER THEATRE

1                    ---CLOSED ON SUNDAY---
2 - 3     MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR (1944) John Hodiak, Lana Turner, Francis Gifford
4 - 5     SARONG GIRL (1943) Tim Ryan, Ann Corio, Irene Ryan, William Henry, Mantan Moreland
            FIND THE BLACKMAILER (1943) Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Robert Kent, Lou Lubin
6 - 7     EVER SINCE VENUS (1944) Hugh Herbert, Ann Savage, Glenda Farrell, Marjorie Gateson
            BENEATH WESTERN SKIES (1944) Robert Livingston, Smiley Burnette, Jack Kirk, Bud Geary
8                    ---CLOSED ON SUNDAY---
9 - 10   MARINE RAIDERS (1944) Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey, Barton MacLane
            YOUTH RUNS WILD (1944) Kent Smith, Bonita Granville, Jean Brooks, Vanessa Brown




11 - 12 MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944) Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris
13 - 14 TROCADERO (1944) Ralph Morgan, Rosemary Lane, Johnny Downs, Marjorie Manners
            SWING IN THE SADDLE (1944) Slim Summerville, Jane Frazee, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams 
15                  ---CLOSED ON SUNDAY---
16 - 17 STEP LIVELY (1944) Frank Sinatra, George Murphy, Gloria DeHaven, Adolphe Menjou
18 - 19 KISMET (1944) Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Edward Arnold, Florence Bates, Joy Page
20 - 21 THE BIG NOISE (1944) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space, James Bush
            SUNDOWN VALLEY (1944) Charles Starrett, Jeanne Bates, Jimmy Wakely, Dub Taylor
22                  ---CLOSED ON SUNDAY---
23 - 24 TOGETHER AGAIN (1944) Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Charles Coburn, Jerome Courtland
25 - 26 THE SEVENTH CROSS (1944) Spencer Tracy, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Signe Hasso
27 - 28 THREE LITTLE SISTERS (1944) Jackie Moran, Ruth Terry, Mary Lee, Cheryl Walker
            CANYON CITY (1943) Don "Red" Barry, Helen Talbott, Wally Vernon, Stanley Andrews
29                  ---CLOSED ON SUNDAY---
30        MR. WINKLE GOES TO WAR (1944) Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Warrick, Robert Armstrong

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BUTCH AND THE KID

"Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?"


Yep, they dynamited trains and were dynamite at the box office.

Twentieth Century Fox released this western on October 1, 1969, and Salisbury was among the cities to get it on opening day. 

Take the genius of pairing Paul Newman with Robert Redford, throw in the smash B. J. Thomas song hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," and it was off to the bank. Fortunately, Butch and the Kid weren't around to stick it up.

During its initial release period, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID had eleven different bookings in Salisbury.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the movie from release at the end of 1971, and put it in the can until the spring of 1974.

They re-released it after Newman and Redford struck gold again in THE STING, and history repeated itself. From April through December, 1974, Salisbury played "The Hole-in-the-Wall" guys five more times, with each engagement being a full week.


October 1 - 11, 1969 - TERRACE THEATRE
December 25, 1969 - January 7, 1970 - CAPITOL THEATRE
March 18 - 26, 1970 - TERRACE THEATRE
May 15 - 21, 1970 - CAPITOL THEATRE
June 12 - 18, 1970 - CAPITOL THEATRE
August 5 - 11, 1970 - SALISBURY DRIVE-IN THEATRE
December 2 - 8, 1970 - CAPITOL THEATRE
March 19 - 25, 1971 - CAPITOL THEATRE
May 21 - 27, 1971 - TERRACE THEATRE
August 27 - September 2, 1971 - THUNDERBIRD DRIVE-IN THEATRE
November 19 - 23, 1971 - CAPITOL THEATRE
April 26 - May 2, 1974 - TERRACE THEATRE
May 3 - 9, 1974 - CAPITOL THEATRE
July 26 - August 1, 1974 - THUNDERBIRD DRIVE-IN THEATRE
September 27 - October 3, 1974 - TERRACE THEATRE
October 11 - 17, 1974 - THUNDERBIRD DRIVE-IN THEATRE


"What's the matter with you?"
"I can't swim."
"Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill ya!"

Monday, April 7, 2014

FIFTIES FUN AT THE MOVIES


CAPITOL THEATRE
August 8, 1950

CAPITOL THEATRE
November 19, 1950

HITCHING POST DRIVE-IN THEATRE
November 19, 1950

VICTORY THEATRE
November 19, 1950

CAPITOL THEATRE
February 18, 1951

CAPITOL THEATRE
February 25, 1951

STATE THEATRE
May 23, 1951

STATE THEATRE
July 6, 1951

VICTORY THEATRE
January 27, 1952

CAPITOL THEATRE
May 17, 1953

CAPITOL THEATRE
November 15, 1953

VICTORY THEATRE
January 9, 1955

CENTER THEATRE
February 13, 1955

CENTER THEATRE
September 18, 1955


CENTER THEATRE
December 4, 1955

CAPITOL THEATRE
July 2, 1958

Note ANDY GRIFFITH
personal appearance

CENTER THEATRE
February 8, 1959

CAPITOL THEATRE
November 20, 1959