Cardinal Theatres I & II
4421 Six Forks Road,
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Architects: E.H. Geissler
Previous Names: Cardinal Theatre
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Located at the intersection of Six Forks Road at Lassiter Mill Road in the North Hills Shopping Center, the Cardinal Theatre was one of the premiere showcase moviehouses in Raleigh and when it opened on July 1, 1967 with Doris Day in “Caprice”. The theatre operated as a single screen theatre with its huge auditorium equipped with state of the art seating and brilliant widescreen projection for showcasing Hollywood’s best. It had great 70mm projection.
The Cardinal Theatre showed only first-run features and family films and it remained a single screen theatre until a second screen seating 625 was built adjacent to this huge astounding auditorium. It opened on July 24, 1977 with “For the Love of Benji”. It remained that way until the Cardinal Theatres I & II closed in 1990.
The smaller additional screen has now been demiolished, leaving the original auditorium in retail use as a Blockbuster store.
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