Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


329 Hay Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 7/28/1941* - 1976*
Performance Types movies
Capacity 1100
Racial Policy
DescriptionMatinees 1-6 pm: 33 cents Night: 44 cents Children: 10 cents
NotesSeating capacity in architectural drawings was 1016; capacity was increased at the last minute due to the addition of extra seats at the rear of the theater. Narrow façade. Much of the theater lays in the “backland” or the rear of downtown commercial buildings because of its cheaper rent. Triangular, modern marquee and façade with white stucco. 800 seat auditorium. Theater can accommodate both live and cinematic productions; theater has a full stage and dressing rooms. Racially segregated with entrance on the side of the main box office leading to a balcony with separate toilets and a second small box office. Balcony accessable only by the side stairs, indicating it was reserved for African American patrons. Admission prices were set at thirty three cents for matinees and forty four cents for evening performance. No mention of racial policy in newspaper articles or ads. Closed in 1976 and demolished in 2005.
Building NotesFluorescent lighting Mirrorphonic Sound Brenkert Projectors Hard of Hearing Aids Location estimated from the Fayetteville Sanborn Map June 1930-Feb. 1950, Sheet 4
Associated Persons
H, Ponton W manager
Stillwell, Erle architect
Associated Organizations
North Carolina Theatres, Inc unknown