Cinema Latino

2738 Industrial Drive,
Sanford, NC 27332

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Stewart and Everett

Previous Names: Kendal Cinema 1 & 2, Carmike Kendale 2

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Part of the outdoor Kendale Shopping Center, this twin cinema opened on December 17, 1971, and held on until sometime in 2007 when it was closed by Carmike Cinemas. The one time I saw a film there - “Aliens”, in the summer of 1986 - it was operating as a first-run, but, sometime later, it became a discount theater.

It was reopened in March 2008 as the Cinema Latino and is the only Spanish language cinema in the state of North Carolina. It was closed in 2011.

Contributed by br91975, Raymond

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 23, 2008 at 10:29 am

The Kendale is dissed in this blog:

rivest266 on December 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

No showtimes posted as of December, 2009. Is this still open?

mrsammler on June 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I worked there in my junior year in high school, when it was still the Kendale Cinemas—projectionist and concessions stand. Colleagues were Chris Lamm, Joe Stansell, and a few others whose names I’ve forgotten. Mrs. Berryman, Eddy’s mother, was usually in the ticket booth. We screened An Unmarried Woman, Grease, Star Wars, many other memorable movies. The place was vibrantly alive on weekend nights in the late 70s—sad to see it so desolate now.

NightHawk1 on June 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm

This theater was first operated by Stewart & Everett as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2.

br91975 on June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

Is the cinema space currently being utilized? After the Cinema Latino effort ended, I remember reading online, sometime around 2010, that one of the auditoriums was hosting amateur wrestling matches, but no word on any events or usage since.

raysson on September 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

NOT only the original STAR WARS played here first-run but JAWS, SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE, JAWS 2, and GREASE not to mention SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER,CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, TOP GUN,ALIENS,DIE HARD,and many other memorable movies.

raysson on November 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema. The seating capacity was 400 with 200 seats each in both auditoriums. Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 and it was renamed the Kendale Twin until its closing in 2007. In March of 2008,this theatre reopened as the Cinema Latino and it was the first theatre in the state of North Carolina to show first and second run features in Spanish.

rivest266 on November 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

Closed in 2011 and remained closed by the last time the Googlemobile passed it by.

raysson on November 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Opened on December 17,1971 as the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 under Charlotte-based Stewart and Everett Theatres as Sanford’s first-ever indoor twin cinema with a seating capacity of 400(200 seats each in both auditoriums).

The Kendale Cinemas was in between two major anchors of the Kendale Shopping Center…to the right of the cinema was a Winn Dixie grocery store….to the left of the cinema were Roses Department Store and Eckerd Drugs along with specialty shops and services. Sat in the middle of the shopping center was Central Carolina Bank and Trust Company.

raysson on November 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

The premiere attractions for the December 17,1971 grand opening of the Kendale Cinema 1 & 2 were:

CINEMA 1: It’s Sean Connery as James Bond-007
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”-On the Big Screen In Color!!!

CINEMA 2: Ruth Gordon in “HAROLD AND MAUDE”-In Color


-Clint Eastwood in “DIRTY HARRY”


-John Wayne and Richard Boone in “BIG JAKE”


-The Musical Event Of The Year “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”

-The BIG Event of 1971 is Coming-“BILLY JACK”

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