Terrace Theatres

105 W. Stone Drive,
Kingsport, TN 37660

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

Architects: William Bringhurst McGehee

Previous Names: Terrace Theatre

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Terrace Theatres

The ABC Southeastern Theatre circuit opened the Terrace Theatre April 1, 1971 with Kurt Russell in “The Barefoot Executive”. It was twinned on December 21, 1979.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Well, April 27 1983 it was Plitt Theatre getting the summer price increase “BLUE THUNDER” will be $4.00 seat and kids $2.00 a seat.“SUPERMAN” will be $4.00 for adults,but kids will pay $2.50 to see the man of steel.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Of course,No passes on “SUPERMAN”.In the Knoxville District.

davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

The Terrace was originally built as a single screen theatre, and was very similar to the Mall Theatre in Johnson City. I believe it was an Ultravision screen.

It was twinned quite badly. The seating was in curved rows oriented towards the center of the original single screen. The seats were not re-oriented during the reconstruction, and so were oriented towards the wall that was built down the center of the original auditorium instead of the new screens.

It was a very nice theatre when built with a large screen, and I saw many movies there during my time in Kingsport. I think it was twinned in order to compete with the AMC Fort Henry 5. The Martin Theatre in the Kingsport Mall was also twinned.

I think the Terrace had rocking chairs, as did the Martin.

davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Also, the correct status would be demolished as I believe the entire Kings-Giant Plaza has now been demolished.

tncowdaddy on December 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

It was on off the first businesses to close in the Kings-Giant plaza. As you can see in the street view, nothing but a construction trailer on the lot where it stood. I went to this theater from 82 to 87 to watch the kids free summer movies. I also saw ET at this theater during its original release. Lots of good memories here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

The Terrace Theatre was opened on April 1, 1971, by ABC Southeastern Theatres as a single-screen Ultra-Vision house with 613 seats. The architect of the Terrace, William B. McGehee, was among those attending the opening according to the article in the April 2 issue of the Kingsport News.

rivest266 on September 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

April 1st, 1971 grand opening ad in photo section.

tntim on December 4, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Posted picture of the Terrace after it was twined in the photo section.

rivest266 on September 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Became a twin cinema on December 21st, 1979. Grand opening ad posted.

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