AMC Classic Salem Valley 8

1700 Apperson Drive,
Salem, VA 24012

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres

Architects: Bill Murphy

Firms: Brookbank, Murphy & Shields

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Valley Theatre, Salem Valley 8

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 540.389.0444

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AMC Classic Salem Valley 8

The Valley Theatre opened on January 30, 1976 with four screens and was operated by Consolidated Theatres. On May 19, 1989 it was renamed Salem Valley 8. In 1994 it was taken over by Carmike Cinemas. It was taken over by AMC in early-2017.

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ghamilton on June 13, 2005 at 6:05 pm

Sits partly on the site of the LeeHi Drive In

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2021 at 10:16 pm

The first four-screen theater in the Roanoke area opened on January 30, 1976 as the Valley Cinema. The four auditoria were configured to radiate from the octagonal lobby, so they shared no common walls. The largest auditorium, with 350 seats, had its own projection booth, and the other three, with 300, 250, and 200 seats respectively, shared one booth. The Project architect was Bill Murphy of the Columbus, Georgia firm Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2021 at 10:26 pm

I forgot to put a citation in my previous comment. The information is from the June, 1976 issue of The Virginia Record Magazine.

rivest266 on February 14, 2023 at 5:02 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

Rstewart on February 14, 2023 at 8:14 pm

Original layout looks identical to the Kingston four in Knoxville.

rivest266 on February 15, 2023 at 3:08 pm

and a couple in Nashville as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 15, 2023 at 5:04 pm

Architect Bill Murphy, firm Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

greenth1ng on February 16, 2023 at 11:31 am

Seating capacities at this theater:

  • 1 - 174
  • 2 - 276
  • 3 - Not sure; the capacity sign was missing when I visited
  • 4 - 118
  • 5 - 140
  • 6 - 324
  • 7, 8 - 177
rivest266 on February 23, 2023 at 1:52 pm

Renamed Salem Valley 8 on May 19th, 1989, and taken over in 1994 by Carmike Cinemas. Reseated and reopened on October 15th 1999. More ads posted.

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