Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


110 N. Main, Salisbury, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 11/26/1914* - unknown
Performance Types movies
Capacity 300
Racial Policy
Notes2008/11/19 kgl I modified the opening date based on an article in the Salisbury Evening Post
Building NotesMirror screen; "elaborate electric sign"; located on the "Holmes block" of N. Main; elevated floor; opera chairs; entrance floor is of tile and the word "Iris" is laid in the floor of the entrance; automatic piano (SalisburyEvenignPost_1914-11-25_Theater.tif); thoroughly cleaned and fumigated in November 1918 (Salisbury Evening Post, November 20, 1918, p. 3)
Associated Persons
Davis, J.M. unknown (1926*)
Davis, Jas secretary
Huff, A.B. treasurer
Proctor, J. Will president
Young, F.H. manager
Associated Organizations
Gem Amusement Company unknown

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Name for new theatre - Iris
    Salisbury Evening Post - 9/11/1914
    Tags: company; promotions
  2. Beautiful electric sign - Iris
    Salisbury Evening Post - 10/12/1914
    Tags: proposed theater
  3. New Iris Motion Picture Theatre to Install the Latest in Curtain in Its Place
    Salisbury Evening Post - 10/12/1914
    Tags: renovation
  4. The New Iris Theatre is to Open Tomorrow
    Salisbury Evening Post - 11/25/1914
    Tags: company; licensing; manager; music; opening notice; pianist; seating capacity; ventilation
  5. Program for Today and Tomorrow: More Scrubbing - Iris
    Salisbury Evening Post - 12/17/1918
    Tags: influenza

City Directories

  1. City Directory of Salisbury, N.C., 1915-1916.
    unknown publication - 1915