Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


208 Market St., Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 12/4/1941* - unknown
Performance Types movies
Capacity 700 (1941*)
Racial Policy white (12/4/1941*)
DescriptionThe Manor was built as a white-only theater by the owner of a small chain of movie houses in North Carolina.
Building NotesRodgers Construction company of Smithfield, NC had the contract for the construction work, which began in May 1941. The building itself measured 48 feet wide by 135 feet long, was made from brick and reinforced steel and featured a marble front.
Associated Persons
Meiselman, H.B. manager (5/10/1941)
Associated Organizations
Rodgers Construction Company unknown (5/10/1941)


  1. Manor Timeline Commentary
    Tags: purpose-built movie theater; racial policy; seating capacity

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Work on Movie House Planned
    Wilmington Star - 5/10/1941
    Tags: air conditioning; company; manager; purpose-built movie theater; racial policy
  2. Modern Manor Theater Will Open Tomorrow
    Wilmington Star - 12/3/1941
    Tags: air conditioning; film title; hours of operation; manager; opening notice; seating capacity
  3. New Motion Picture Theatre Will Be Opened Here Tonight - Manor
    Wilmington News - 12/4/1941
    Tags: air conditioning; film title; manager; opening notice; racial policy; seating capacity
  4. Three Cockeyed Sailors' Will Show At Manor - opening notice
    Wilmington News - 12/4/1941
    Tags: film title; hours of operation; opening notice
  5. Colony is Closed - Theatre Began as the Victoria - No Plans For Old Structure
    Wilmington Star - 10/31/1974
    Tags: actualities; alias; architect; band or orchestra; closing; company; feature film; film title; hotel; manager; name change; renovation; re-opening; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville