Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


108 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 10/16/1942* - 2005*
Performance Types movies
Capacity 1141 (10/16/1942*)
Racial Policy
DescriptionOpened daily at 12:45. 5 shows, first beginning at 1:00. Admission price 33 cents.
NotesThe old Carolina Theatre was renamed the Village Theater and turned over to the Naval Pre-Flight Schol. The Theater was called a “Handsome Colonial Revival Building”. Renovations replaced marquee with a porch and columns. Molded brick to frame windows. Toilets on the mezzanine level. Men’s toilets were larger than women’s, reflecting the predominantly male population at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, close to where the theater is located. Not designed to accommodate African American patrons along with white patrons. Opened before severe wartime regulations and material shortages. 1961, the Carolina became a focal point for efforts to de-segregate local businesses.
Building Notesair conditioned fireproof designed by Erle Stillwell
Associated Persons
Stillwell, Erle architect
Associated Organizations
North Carolina Theatres, Inc unknown (10/16/1942*)