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Updated: February 21, 2020 @ 8:33 pm
With the completion of the 92nd Academy Awards, we're celebrating cinema by looking back at old movie theaters in the Roanoke and New River valleys.
The movie marquee at The Tanglewood Mall Cinema I II III. It advises passersby that Farrah Fawcett stars in the movie, in which she actually does not.
Ralph Hiskins, manager of the Lee-Hi Drive-In Theater, looks over the wreckage after workmen toppled the screen during demolition of the theater.
The Cinema I II III, which was new at Tanglewood Shopping Center in 1975.
Sharianne Reed digs through a mountain of popcorn at Tanglewood Mall Cinema in 1981.
The Salem Theatre in 1973.
The condemned sign on the Salem Theatre in 1973.
Looking west on Campbell Avenue from just west of South Jefferson Street in the early 1950s. Roanoke Theater is visible on the left.
The Shenandoah Drive-In theater in 1975.
Construction worker John Carpenter pulls an extension cord along as he walks past a nighted display in the lobby of the Cinema 6 movie theater at Valley View Mall in 1985.
Ellen Wirt and Nancy Rorer wait on customers at the concession stand at Tanglewood Cinema.
The Terrace Theatre in 1975.
Bill Burks, on the job at Tanglewood cinemas, says theaters have distinctive advantages over home videos, mainly sound and the wide screen.
Taken in 1977.
The Jefferson Theater in 1978.
Jefferson Street at night in 1975. The Jefferson Theater is visible on the left.
A blurry Jefferson Street at night in 1966. Jefferson Theater is visible on the left.
Pedestrians walk past Jefferson Theater in 1977.
The remnants of the Jefferson Theater, the last of downtown Roanoke's movie theaters, in 1978.
Inside of the Dalton Theater in Pulaski, 1977.
Christine Hizer stands outside the box office at the Dalton Theater in Pulaski in 1977.
Inside of the Dalton Theater in Pulaski in 1977.
Ruins of Pulaski's Dalton Theater draws spectators in the morning after the building collapsed.
An early drawing of the American Theatre. It stood at the corner of Jefferson Street and Kirk Avenue, now the site of Carilion offices.
The American Theatre being razed in 1973. The building stood for about 45 years on downtown Roanoke's South Jefferson Street.
A mannequin hangs eerily from wreckage during the razing of the American Theatre in 1973.
The American Theatre appears as it stood on downtown Roanoke’s South Jefferson Street in 1972, a year before it was razed.
Workers raze the American Theatre in 1973.
The American Theatre is razed in 1973.
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