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North Carolina Movie Theatres

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Wilrik Theatre
Sanford, NC
Temple Theatre
Sanford, NC
The Wilrik Theatre was built in 1955 and closed in 1985. There was talk of turning the theatre into a performings arts center in 2004. However, as of 2010, it remains vacant and for sale. For more, see this website.

The Temple Theatre was built in 1925 for vaudeville. In the 1930s, it was converted into a movie theatre. It closed in 1965 and around 1981 it was donated to Lee County. In 1983, the Temple was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was renovated and reopened in 1984 as a performing arts center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Orpheum Theatre
Oxford, NC
Carolina Theatre
Greensboro, NC
The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1942. The building now houses law offices. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website.

The Carolina Theatre was designed by James M. Workman and built in 1927 for Saenger-Publix. In 1975, the building was saved from demolition and reopened in 1977. The theatre is now used as a performing arts facility. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Graham Cinema
Graham, NC
Varsity Theatre
Chapel Hill, NC
Kirby Theatre
Roxboro, NC
The Graham Cinema opened as the Graham Theatre in 1935. It was remodeled in 1941 and is still in operation. For more, see this website.

The Varsity Theatre opened in the early 1950s and is still operating. For more, see this website.

The Kirby Theatre opened in 1949 and in 1973. It was then purchased by the County and reopened as the Kirby Civic Auditorium, a performing arts center. For more, see this website.

Ansonia Theatre
Wadesboro, NC
Paramount Theatre
Farmville, NC
The Ansonia Theatre was built in 1925. I believe it closed sometime in the 1960s. In 2004, a major renovation began. The theatre will reopen as a performing arts center and community auditorium. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Paramount Theatre was built in 1921. It closed in 1961 and is now used by the Farmville's Community Arts Council for live performances. For more, see this website.

Rogers Theatre
Shelby, NC
2010:
The Rogers Theatre was built in 1936 for vaudeville and films. It closed in 1985. It operated as the Don Gibson Theatre for awhile. In 2009, restoration began. The blade part of the marquee was removed. There were plans to turn the theatre into a performing arts center. However, as of 2013, the building was vacant and still being restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

former State Theatre
Shelby, NC
The Don Gibson Theatre opened as the State Theatre in 1939. In later years, it was known as the Flick Theatre. It is now being restored as the Don Gibson which will offer live performances and films. For more, see this website.

Gem Theatre
Kannapolis, NC
The Gem Theatre was built in 1936. The back of the theatre burned down in 1942 and was completely rebuilt in 1948. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Fine Arts Theatre
Asheville, NC
House Theatre
Marion, NC
The Fine Arts Theatre was originally named the Strand Theatre. In the 1990s, it operated as a porn theater. The balcony has been converted into a second screen. The theatre was restored and reopened in 1997 and now shows independent films. It also hosts the annual Asheville Film Festival. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The House Theatre was built around 1950 and closed in 1965. In recent years, the space has been known as the P&H Music House and used for live performances.

Carolina Theatre
Spruce Pine, NC
The Carolina Theatre was built in 1937. Since the late 1940s, this theatre has also featured live performances. In the mid-1980s, the theatre was twinned. In the early 1990s, it was converted into a pizza restaurant. It was then used by a church group, and several other restaurants. The theatre is now being restored as a theatre and performance space. The sign at the right above is located behind the building. There was another marquee on the front of the building that has been replaced. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Carolina Theatre
Hickory, NC
Capri Theatre
Charlotte, NC
The Carolina Theatre opened in 1935. For more, see this website.

The Capri Theatre opened in 1964 and was closed by 1996. Later, the building was converted into a boxing center and then a nightclub known as "Stir". It now houses The Blvd nightclub. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More NC Theatres:
Colonial Theatre: 1, 2 (Canton)
Henn Theatre: 1, 2 (Murphy)

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