Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


215 Hay Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 7/4/1950* - 1982*
Performance Types movies
Capacity 575
Racial Policy segregated (7/4/1950*)
Descriptionhard of hearing aids "Cycloramic" screens
NotesBroadway theater converted from a dime store ( store front theater). Narrow façade and 3 ½ stories tall. Old Broadway theater demolished before Stillwell became involved with the project in 1948. 575 seat capacity. Renovations included a fireproof building and a new balcony for African American patrons. Air conditioning was added along with larger restrooms. White restrooms were in the mezzanine and the African American restrooms were right off of the balcony level. One box office on the corner of the building that could attend to white and African American patrons without them having to stand in line together. Theater made for movies only. Opened July 4, 1950. The Broadway no longer appears in the business listings of the Fayetteville city directory after 1982. However, in the 1983, 1984, and 1985 directories, Charles Blanchard is still associated with the Broadway Theater in the residents listings.
Building NotesBuilt of steel and stone fireproof air conditioned automatic lighting system for exit signs Separate entrance and bathrooms for "Negro patrons" inter-office communication system
Associated Persons
Blanchard, Charles manager
Dozier, L.E. manager
Gibson, Leon M. manager
Hill, Jerry manager
Stillwell, Erle architect
Associated Organizations
North Carolina Theatres, Inc unknown