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Photobucket made some changes to their site and the top link got changed here is the new link
Also have a picture of the Colonel here
This is an advertisment for the Main theater showing its original facade.
Finally found a picture of the Colonel to post you can see it here.
Here are a few old photos of the Gem from a book I have.
Swanee back in the day.
Here is the Dixie when it was open
Here is the Palace when open.
The Gem is my farorite theater I have gone there my whole life and I belive it will be open for a long time.
Please note when Shoe Dept opened this building they restored it inside and out. So this is not the original facade it was originally red brick. It was lot plainer in appearance much like the Dixie on S, main st.
The site of the Colonet theater is here
The Colonial Theater was on N. Main st. What you see on google maps is the area where Cannaon mills plant 1 was North Kannapolis is an area about 2 miles to the north the cordanates for google maps is
35Â°30'33.71"N 80Â°36'59.03"W it is just a parking lot now. The picture of the site is here
Yes and there was one other that I don’t have a picture of called the colonel that was on north Main st. that burned down 10years after it closed. It is now a parking lot.
The Dixie is no longer there it was demolished to build a bank.
The YMCA theater was across the street from where the Gem is now. the GEM was built to replace that theater and it was planned by Charles Cannon CEO of Cannon Mills to be the show place of show places in that part of the world. The Gem had the same projection cameras and sound system as Radio City Music hall and every thing was built to make what was then and still is the show place of Kannapolis. As for the other theaters in Kannapolis here are the pictures of the buildings of the remaining movie house still standing.
The Main on N. Cannon Blvd. View link
The building that used to be the Main is now occupied by a shoe store this is a picture of the building.
Here is a picture of the building