Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Center Theater

313 West Chapel Hill St., Durham, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 12/18/1938* - 1966*
Performance Types movies , musical performances
Capacity 1254
Racial Policy segregated
Descriptionseating capacity 1254, 2 balconies ( one for whites and one for blacks). restrooms on the mezzanine level and black restrooms off of the second balcony. admission prices- weekly matinee- 30 cents, children- 10 cents, black balcony- 25 cents, evening- 40 cents. sunday/holidays- 40 cents. opens daily at 12:45 P.M. organ added for promotions and musical movies.
Notesvenue reserved for movies only, but was accompanied by a Wurlitzer organ. part of the Wilby-Kincey theater chain. art deco proscenium arch with organic shapes and colorful designs. racially segregated balcony. seperate entrance for black patrons on the exterior of the building on one side. no physical barrier between two sections of the balcony. no lounges for black patrons and small bathrooms. Organist- Bert Ponard. Building demolished in 1967
Building Notesair conditioned, fireproof building, Western electrics microphone sound location guessed from current street names.
Associated Persons
Arnold, Noble manager
Stillwell, Erle architect
Associated Organizations
North Carolina Theatres, Inc unknown