Monday, April 21, 2014

1969 - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE DUKE

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.

1969
Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray, James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Caine, Laurence Harvey help JOHN WAYNE celebrate his 40th year making movies.

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.

APRIL 1969 - - 45 YEARS AGO

CAPITOL THEATRE

1 - 2     LADY IN CEMENT (1968) Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Laine Kazan
3 - 8     HEAVEN WITH A GUN (1969) Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, J.D. Cannon, Barbara Hershey
9 - 15  THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN (1968) Anthony Quinn, Leo McKern, Laurence Olivier
16 - 22 UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (1965) Herbert Lom, John Kitzmiller, Bibi Jelinek, O.W. Fischer
23 - 30 ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, Michael York, Milo O'Shea





CENTER THEATRE

1 - 12   SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF! (1969) James Garner, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern



12 - 13 KIDS MATINEE: THE CLOWN AND THE KIDS (1967) Emmett Kelly, Burt Startford
13 - 16 HOOK, LINE AND SINKER (1969) Jerry Lewis, Anne Francis, Peter Lawford, Sylvia Lewis
17 - 22 THE WRECKING CREW (1969) Dean Martin, Sharon Tate, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan
23 - 30 100 RIFLES (1969) Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Fernando Lamas, Charly Bravo


SALISBURY DRIVE-IN THEATRE

1 - 3               ---CLOSED---
4 - 5     FIVE CARD STUD (1968) Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall



            THE PRIVATE NAVY OF SGT. O'FARRELL (1968) Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter
6          BORN WILD (1968) Tom Nardini, Patty McCormack, David Macklin, Arthur Peterson
7 - 8               ---CLOSED---
9 - 12   MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (1969) Teddy Eccles, Theodore Bikel, Cosette Leigh
            YOU'VE GOT TO BE SMART (1967) Mamie Van Doren, Preston Foster, Roger Perry
13        THE BALLAD OF JOSIE (1967) Doris Day, Peter Graves, George Kennedy, William Talman
14 - 15           ---CLOSED---
16 - 19 HELGA (1967) Ruth Gassmann, Eberhand Mondry, Asgarda Hummel, Lagoura Weill-Heile
20 - 24 GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier
25 - 26 THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE (1968) William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Claude Akins
            THE SCALPHUNTERS (1968) Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas
27 - 30 SWEET NOVEMBER (1968) Sandy Dennis, Anthony Newley, Sandy Baron, Theodore Bikel


601 DRIVE-IN THEATRE

1          THUNDERBALL (1965) Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger, Luciana Paluzzi
            FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) Sean Connery, Pedro Armendariz, Daniela Bianchi
2 - 3               ---CLOSED---
4 - 5     HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS (1967) George Nader, Vincent Price, Martha Hyer, Mario Rohm
            BLUE (1968) Terence Stamp, Joanna Pettet, Karl Malden, Robert Lipton, Sally Kirkland
6 - 10   THE PARENT TRAP (1961) Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara, Joanna Barnes
11 - 12 FIRECREEK (1968) James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, Dean Jagger, Ed Begley
            COUNTDOWN (1968) James Caan, Joanna Moore, Robert Duvall, Charles Aidman, Ted Knight
13 - 15 THE GREEN BERETS (1968) John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Raymond St. Jacques



16 - 17           ---CLOSED---
18 - 19 THREE GUNS FOR TEXAS (1968) Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Martin Milner
            THE DOUBLE MAN (1967) Yul Brynner, Britt Ekland, Lloyd Nolan, Moira Lister, Clive Revill
20 - 22 BULLITT (1968) Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Simon Oakland
23 - 24           ---CLOSED---
25 - 26 FIFTEEN SCAFFOLDS FOR THE KILLER (1968) Craig Hill, Also Sambrell, Susy Andersen
            TOMB OF TORTURE (1963) Anne Alberti, Adriano Micantoni, Billy Gray, Flora Carosello
27 - 30 THE FOX (1967) Keir Dullea, Sandy Dennis, Anne Heywood, Glynne Morris
            WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WEISSMULLER'S JUNGLE JIM YEARS

 JOHNNY WEISSMULLER
1904 - 1984

Discarding his Tarzan loincloth in 1948 after twelve appearances due to age and a salary dispute, Olympian Johnny Weissmuller wasted no time in obtaining another jungle gig. Columbia Pictures signed the Olympic medal winner to a series of B-budgeted Jungle Jim features, based on the popular King Features comic strip character.

The first in the series, aptly titled JUNGLE JIM was on theatre screens the same year as Johnny's final Tarzan adventure.

He would portray Jungle Jim in a total of thirteen kiddie fare films until 1954 when Columbia lost the rights to the character. Not content to stop production of the popular Saturday matinee fillers, Johnny stayed on with Columbia for three more features. No longer able to use the Jungle Jim name, Johnny Weissmuller played a character named...Johnny Weissmuller. King Features couldn't stop him from using that moniker.

Ironically, after stoppage of the Johnny features, Columbia re-acquired the rights to the Jungle Jim character, and Weissmuller moved to the small screen as JUNGLE JIM in 26 half-hour TV episodes.

"Baby Boomers" in the Charlotte area may remember watching the TV show on WSOC weekday afternoons as part of their Jungle Theatre program.

And, the Weissmuller features, both TARZAN and JUNGLE JIM, initially played on WSOC in the Charlotte market during the early-to-mid-sixties. In the Triad market, the TARZANs could be seen on WGHP-High Point, and the JUNGLE JIMs on WFMY-Greensboro.

JUNGLE JIM
1948

THE LOST TRIBE
1949

MARK OF THE GORILLA
1950

CAPTIVE GIRL
1950

PYGMY ISLAND
1950

FURY OF THE CONGO
1951

JUNGLE MANHUNT
1951

JUNGLE JIM IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND
1952

VOODOO TIGER
1952

SAVAGE MUTINY
1953

VALLEY OF HEAD HUNTERS
1953

KILLER APE
1953

JUNGLE MAN-EATERS
1954

CANNIBAL ATTACK
1954

JUNGLE MOON MEN
1954

DEVIL GODDESS
1954