That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 18, 2008

Armory Drive Cinemas (Closed, January 2008)

Filed under: dead stores,franklin — Anita @ 9:58 pm

Armory Drive Cinemas

{Photo I took in May of 2007. When I added this photo to Flickr back then, I put a note on the “Delta Farce” marquee, and in the note I said, “We can imagine what movie most of Franklin will be seeing.”}

I read in the paper a couple of days ago that this place closed unexpectedly. I’m not surprised. I went there to see The Simpsons Movie in July, and the place was falling apart, and the movie was out of focus for 20 minutes.

Franklin’s only movie cinema closes

By Paul McFarlane/Editor/
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:46 AM EST

FRANKLIN-Armory Drive Cinemas, the last existing movie house in the Franklin/Southampton area, has closed its doors.

The final weekend of showings was Jan. 12-13. The last movies playing were “I am Legend,” “National Treasure” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

A greeting left on the business’ answering machine states: “We would to thank you for supporting our Armory Drive Cinemas during the last few years. We are now closed. Thank you for your efforts and time that you spent. And I hope you enjoyed your movies.”

See Wednesday’s print edition of The Tidewater News for more details.



  1. Sad. Lowes comes, Theater leaves. Gain = zero. Poor Franklin. I’m willing to bet someone will buy it and reopen it..

    Comment by GB — January 22, 2008 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  2. I overheard a rumor today at school that the rent went up, up, up on the place.

    Comment by Anita — January 24, 2008 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

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