The Six Forks Cinema was Jerry Lewis' only theater chain in North Carolina which only lasted in operations for a year when it was bought out by Schneider-Merl in the spring of 1973.
The closing of the Colony will put a HUGE decrease on the independent arthouse scene in the Triangle leaving The Rialto at Five Points as the only standing arthouse cinema in Raleigh along with The Raleigh Grande 16 that basically took over all of the films that were basically playing at the Galaxy in Cary which closed in 2012. The Park Place Cinemas in Morrisville took over the showing of Bollywood films that once played at the Galaxy.
This theater has a good long history of serving the North Raleigh area. It originally opened on December 29, 1972 as the Six Forks Cinema under Jerry Lewis Theaters. By March 2, 1973 the ownership changed hands as well as management when Jerry Lewis Theaters went into bankruptcy when it was bought out by the Schneider-Merl cinema chain(which at the time owned and operated The Colony at Five Points and also the Valley Twin Theaters at Crabtree Valley Mall and the Yorktowne Theater in Durham) and renamed the Terrace Theater that seated 360 people. On August 5, 1977 theater owner Bill Rawls took a local restaurant that closed and convert it into a second auditorium complete with upgraded features and an added Dolby Stereo Sound System installed for the grand opening of the Terrace Theaters 1 & 2 under Bill Rawls Theaters and later was owned and operated under Atlanta-based Martin Theaters until 1982. Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Terrace Twin Theaters for much of the 1980's and remained into the early-1990's when it went from showing first-run films to becoming a second-run discount house under Carmike that closed it in 1994. The reason why the Terrace closed was when Carmike built a huge 10-screen multiplex discount cinema that opened a year earlier replacing the Terrace, the South Hills,and the Falls Twin Cinemas. It wasn't until 1994 when Bill Peebles took over the operations and renamed it the Colony. The Colony at Five Points was renamed the Rialto in 1987.
From Bob Geary's comment: "Not sure how San Francisco with its terrific transit system and apparent dislike for more housing is comparable to Raleigh"......
Let me say this when it comes to affordable housing and transporation....Raleigh is nowhere on the level of a large metropolis like San Francisco let alone nowhere on the level of transportation neither.....the transit system in Raleigh is horrible and an embarrassment yet we let big box housing developers to build these overpriced townhouses and apartments that nobody can afford or lease....think about it...we have a huge unemployment gap with no jobs for anyone who knows the area,but can't even afford to buy a pad that is about the cost of an apartment in New York City or Washington, DC that is not even livable.......sad but true...
Raymond George, Durham, NC
In the recent reply to Lisa Sorg's comment about serial rapists, child molesters,heroin addicts,and whatever else of gutter trash that comes out of the woods on the American Tobacco Trail. And to say that I don't have the sufficient data to back up this assertion? Let me say this.....there have been numerous assaults on that trail and people who used those trails have been either attacked or savagely beaten or raped by local gangs and junkies who harass people on the trails for just about anything, usually asking them for assistance and the next minute they attack without any purpose....and here is an example...there have been six assaults count them...six within a year on that section of the trail the goes from Fayetteville Street all the way towards Southpoint and Woodcroft subdivisions......a young couple and there child were robbed at gunpoint by six teenagers(that were affiliated with local street gangs ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old) who were after money and when the victim refuse to give it to them they savagely beat and kick the male victim so bad that he had to be rushed to the hospital,but the teens got away. And the sad part is that people saw this incident happened on the trail and did absolutely nothing to help them...yes I said they did nothing to help and stood there and didn't even call the police!!! And if you think the gangs are worst off then you haven't dealt with the heroin addicts and junkies that hide behind the bushes along the trail waiting for someone to harass for money so they can get their fix.....As a local Durhamite, I REFUSE to use any of the trails cause like I said in my previous comment that when they put the American Tobacco Trail together I pointed out that it was the biggest waste of taxpayer money ever spent in the history of Durham. Yes, it is an embarrassment not to mention a big disappointment when it regards to being the safest place around. That's a joke. And speaking of seeing these crimes committed in the act? I can drive down toward the intersections of Fayetteville and Pilot Streets near the campus of North Carolina Central University and I can see it from the safe distance of my car where the unthinkable occurs...heroin addicts and junkies standing or lurking in the woods on the trail ready to strike at a moment's notice....and local gang bangers and whatever low life piece of gutter trash hides along the trail....I have seen this from the distance of my car and when they asked me for any kind of money...I don't open a car window or a car door for shit cause I know what is about to happen. This is why I don't use a walking trail for any kind of exercise especially in Durham cause I know goddamn well the dangers lurking within those woods,and anyone else for that manner. And from the recent reply that the ATT is an investment for the future of Durham with green and connective trails? You gotta be kidding. This was an investment gone shitty the day they took the taxpayers money to support it. Screw them.
Raymond George, Durham, NC
Amy Schumer really,really, sucks as a comedian. How told her she was good as an actress?
If you took notice of her lame and pathetic show on Comedy Central then you get the idea of her inability to make people laugh,which she is NOT at the least hilarious. Dave Chappelle was ten times better than this.
To Glenn MacDonald,
From your comment "The makers of Jurassic World don't think much of their audience and it shows."
Really? Explain to me that the makers of Jurassic World surpass boxoffice results with the biggest weekend opening of all time....the movie was a boxoffice monster the first to gross $500 million in a single weekend and the fastest movie to earn $1 billion to $1.5 billion becoming the fourth highest grossing picture of the year. Not to mention surpass over that during the Independence Day holiday knocking out its competition.
Raymond George, Durham
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