Center Theatre

120 S. Main Street,
Monroe, NC 28112

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Center Theater, Monroe NC , c. 1962

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The Center Theatre opened on February 9, 1940. The movie shown on opening day was “Remember the Night” with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

The Center Theatre closed as twin screen movie theatre in December of 1991. Renovation work began in 2013.

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1454 on August 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

i heard that who ever was trying to restore the center theater, that they found asbestas and had to stop.

DaveN on August 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Big things about to begin at the Center! Stay tuned…

DaveN on August 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

There was no Asbestos. The current owner was ordered to stop work because he failed to pull the proper permits.

DaveN on August 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

The City of Monroe has acquired the Center Theatre. A private group “Center Theatre Development” has entered into agreement with the City to move forward with renovations. For more information visit

Patsy on August 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Very good news! When in Charlotte next, must go see any and all progress!

DaveN on September 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The Center Theatre is creating a lot of excitement in Monroe, NC! Visit us on Facebook to learn more.

MonroeHistory on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 pm

You have 9 theaters listed for Monroe. There was a 10th, “The Moonlite Drive In”. It was 2 miles east of the Monroe city limits on US 74 and a 1 ½ miles from the Wingate town limits. It opened in 1947 and operated until 1954.

Patsy on February 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

What is the current status of this theatre? And have learned through research that this theatre had a vertical blade sign that read CENTER though it doesn’t seem to appear in any recent photo. Anyone have additonal information about this?

DaveN on March 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Patsy, The vertical blade has survived but the lettering has not. We will be further researching this to determine exactly what the original looked like. A complete Marquee renovation is in the plans.

PatriciaCarol on October 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Here is a nice story about The Center and the plans for it:

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