Waverly Place Cinemas

2001 Kildaire Farm Road,
Cary, NC 27511

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon

Functions: Gymnasium

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After Carmike

Located in the Waverly Place Shopping Center at the intersection of Tryon Road and Kildaire Farm Road. Opening on September 16, 1988, the Waverly Place Cinemas became Cineplex Odeon’s third multiplex theatre in the greater Raleigh-Durham area. It was advertised as the Triangle’s newest state of the are widescreen cinemas that included Dolby Stereo Sound in all auditoriums. It was elegantly designed with the latest interiors that were equipped with marble floors and plush neon lighting, with plent of free parking in front of the theatre. The opening attractions were “Married to the Mob”, “Tucker:The Man and his Dream”, “Betrayed”, “Cocktail”, “Young Guns and "Nightmare on Elm Street-Part IV”.

By the 1990’s, Carmike Cinemas took over the operations of the Waverly Place Cinemas (after it acquired Cineplex Odeon) until its closing in 2001. The building is now home to a gym.

Contributed by raymond

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

From Boxoffice Magazine, November, 1987: “Cineplex Odeon… plans to open a theatre with up to six screens in Waverly Place, a shopping center under construction in south Cary…. Cineplex has signed a lease with Waverly Place’s developer, H.S. Lichtin Developer Co. in Raleigh.”

piecesoftheater on September 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Was purchased by Carmike prior to 1993. After closing, the building was turned into a Gold’s Gym.

staceycochran on December 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I worked at this theater from November 1989 until May 1992. Carmike acquired it while I was employed there… I think it was in ‘91.

Brian_Phillips on November 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I managed this theater for Carmike from January 1994 to December 1996. We used to call it the “Purple Palace of Love” due to the excessive use of purple in the decor – seats, counters, carpet, etc. The place used to be packed, but the auditoriums were abnormally small, with the largest seating less than 250, and the sound quality was abyssmal, with 3 of the 6 auditoriums featuring only mono sound.

raysson on June 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

I saw HOME ALONE here at the Waverly Place Cinemas in December of 1990 with the lines that were snaked around the front of the cinema all the way to the back of the shopping center. So many crowds coming to this,it had to be shown on 2 screens. But it did BIG business!

raysson on June 22, 2012 at 8:36 am


1988-1995 Cineplex Odeon Corporation

1995-2001 Carmike Cinemas

Closed in 2001 when the building was converted into a Gold’s Gym. I have the original ads for the September 16,1988 grand opening of this theatre.

raysson on June 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

A lot of Disney films did BIG business here.



myerswrites on March 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

The gym didn’t last very long and the building remained empty until September 2015 when Cobb Theaters renovated the space and put in a Cinebistro. The entire Waverly shopping center was remodeled around this same time and is now thriving. http://cinebistro.com/waverly/

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