Cinema Blue 2

419 Eastway Drive,
Charlotte, NC 28205

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Trans-Lux Movies Corp.

Architects: John J. McNamara

Previous Names: Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinema, Climax Cinema

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Located in the Eastway Plaza Shopping Center, the Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinema opened on Charlotte’s east side on January 21, 1970. It was Charlotte’s second twin theatre in town after the Charlottetown Mall Cinemas opened in 1963. The opening attraction for the grand opening of the Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Cinemas was “Gaily, Gaily” starring Beau Bridges, which played in both auditoriums, known as Cine One & Cine Two. It was operated under Brandt Theatres.

The neighborhood and the theatre declined fairly quickly and on October 15, 1975 it was converted into one of Charlotte’s most notorious twin porn theatres, the Climax Cinema, opening with Linda Lovelace in “Deep Throat” & Georgina Spelvin in “The Devil in Miss Jones” in Cine One and Shaun Costello in “Lip Service” & “Night of the Voyour” in Cine 2.

On September 13, 1978 it was renamed with the catchy name of Cinema Blue 2. It was closed in 1987. The building is vacant now, but almost unrecognizable as a theatre. It has been tucked away in the back corner of an aging shopping center that has seen its final days.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler, rayyson

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Jay Morong
Jay Morong on April 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Can anyone confirm that this theater is the building way at the back of the this shopping center? Or is it another building that sits somewhere else on the property? There is a free standing building (currently a 4545 address) that looks like it could have been the theater but it doesn’t jive with the info here. Anyone know?

raysson on August 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

I have found the ad for the grand opening of theatre. This will be corrected and posted. Any questions concerning this please feel free to e-mail at

DannyHall on September 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

THis Theater used to have a nortorious night club next door called the Cest Bon Club. I believe it was connected to the guy that ran the porn bookstore on Independence at Pecan: Joy Adult Books. He converted this theater to the Climax one and Two ( Im not kidding) as well as the Trans Lux in Kannapolis NC to Joy Adult Theater.They had the Burlington Trans Lux as well, also porn.

All of these were taken over by Entertainment World of Durand Michigan, owned by the notorious Virgil Phil Mahoney, late of Las Vegas Porn Museum fame.

( see Durand Dirties) ( see wickipedia entry) He converted the Climax to Cinema Blue, added a porn bookstore, peep show and huge game room. It was a porn shopping mall. They had a stage in one auditorium, and on Sunday nights they had an amateur strip show that was very popular with college students and service industry people. It was hosted by a redheaed woman in her 60’s called “Bubbles”, who would also to a tassle strip tease act. Drag Queens, amateur strippers, strippers from strip clubs all came to this. The famous Morgana used to perform here ( she got famous doing college lectures, she has enormous Russ Myers breasts, and they were natural)

They took over the former Cest Bon club, and added it to the theater complex by connecting the lobby area. There was a revolving stage in the Cest Bon space that got torn out.

Entertainment World also ran the Kannapolis and Burlington Theaters as well. They converted the Kannapolis Theater to a dollar theater format in 1978, and closed it in 1980 ish.

They used Ogden Food Service to handle the concessions.

They later had a video tape rental club that was over 6000 square feet, and had over 40,000 members, .It was in the area that started out as a game room. Sometime in mid fall 1978, Parade magazine did an expose on the three biggest pornmograpers in the world, and Phil Mahoney was one, along with Ruebin Sturnim, who ran a porn bookstore in the same shopping center, just past Zayres ( soddomland shopping city was this places nick name, more beacuse of the gay bat Oddysey located at the end than the porn places.

There was a funny local news item where they interviewed people in the shopping center, on the sidewalk, up by Zayres, and NONE of them expressed any negative views about any of these businesses..ahh, the 70’s….

Porn stars frequently appeared here, one of them was Mahoneys girl.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

A former Trans-Lux executive, Bob Maar, writing at Film-Tech Forum, says in the second reply on this forum page that the Trans-Lux Inflight Cine in Charlotte opened in June, 1968 (he also gives opening years for the other four Inflight operations in North Carolina, all of which were single-screeners.) Like the other early Inflight twins, the house had two auditoriums of 350 seats each.

This web page has an article from the November, 1961, issue of Modern Mechanix which describes the automated, 16mm projection system developed by Inflight Motion Pictures, Inc, for showing movies on airliners. A version of this system was used in the earthbound theaters which Inflight opened in partnership with Trans-Lux beginning in 1968. The first house, a 350-seat single-screener, was opened at Bartow, Florida, that year.

This article (upper left) in Boxoffice of November 13, 1967, tells about Trans-Lux’s plans for the Inflight chain. It notes that the theaters were being designed by architect John McNamara.

homeboundguy on March 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I was 17 when I first went to Cinema Blue and it was and still is BY FAR the cleanest and nicest porn business I had ever seen. Huge store, GREAT game room (they had 10-12 pinball machines and they were kept in good condition, some of them were from the 1960’s; large theatres that were generally kept clean; and a large peep show area. The city of Charlotte closed it down when the state stregthened the laws regarding adult businesses and I had heard on the news where the city spent over $500K in legal fees and other expenses to close it down.

raysson on March 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

THE TRANS-LUX TWIN THEATRE also have the privilege of showing exclusives that were absent from Charlotte’s reserved seat attractions of the early-1970’s. One of those features was “ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS” that played here as a general release in mid-1970. The film played on two screens at general prices.

The other big attraction was when “WALKING TALL” play here to sold-out capacity crowds upon its general release on February 22,1973. The film broke all Charlotte attendance records as the longest running movie to ever played here where it stayed for 32 weeks before it ended its phenomenon run in December of that year.

The TRANS-LUX did big business until the change in mid-1975 when management decided to close this theatre and it became the notorious CINEMA BLUE 2.

“THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES” became the longest-running adult feature at the CINEMA BLUE 2 where it lasted until early-1979 running for more than five years.

DannyHall on May 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

It is sort of astonishing that this theater finally closed after a sensational trial and a short re-start around 1987. In 1989 or 1990 the shopping center owners had all the asbestos removed from the building. This was a big undertaking as the curtains covering the walls contained asbestos as did the sound attenuating panels on the walls. The seats and the runway were all removed at this time. That was, as of 2018 about 28 years ago. Nothing in Charlotte stands empty for this long! The adjacent shopping center has righted itself and is full as of this writing. It has only one non chain tenant, a Spanish church in the former Odyssey Gay bar space at the very end of the shopping center, next to the theater space.

The Las Vegas porn museum ( also now closed) had on display in their “ adult in the south “ section pictures of the Climax one and two and the Cest Bon Club featuring Morganna on stage. That was in 1975. The theater became Cinema Blue in 1977. Morganna, the kissing bandit that jumped into NBA games etc and kissed players. Google her.

rivest266 on January 20, 2020 at 11:38 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on January 24, 2020 at 2:05 pm

This became the Climax theatre on October 15th, 1975 with “Deep Throat” and “The Devil in Miss Jones” and “Lip Service” and 2nd film. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on January 27, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Reopened as Cinema Blue on September 13th, 1978. Grand opening ad posted.

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