Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Rex Theatre

529 N. Main, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 9/24/1924* - unknown
Performance Types movies
Capacity 900 (1926*)
Racial Policy
DescriptionShows at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 pm; doors open at 12:45
NotesSecond Rex Theater, replaced the previous theater operating out of the St. John Hotel building when it closed due to a fire in 1915. no provisions for live performance. does not seem to have accomodated African Americans because of a lack of seperate entrance and seating area as with other segregated theaters of the time. free standing box office. Theater surrounded by two storefront spaces. Club room on the mezzanine level for social gatherings and group functions. Opened Monday Aug 4, 1924. The Theater burned down in 1932 and Stillwell was rehired to renovate the old Rex. new ventilation system added with a new sound system. The Club Room was converted to a mezzanine with toilets and lounges. remodeled the interior to resemble an Italian garden with elaborate decorations. " atmospheric design". Renovations brought seating for African Americans with a seperated balcony and entrance. Reopened March 6, 1933. Building burned again in 1940.
Building Notesbalcony (Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, Hendersonville, N.C., September 1926, p. 6) Designed by Erle Stillwell. complex air circulation system.
Associated Persons
Bell, Ray manager
Associated Organizations
Howard-Wells Amusement Co. unknown (1926*)