Iwo Jima Theater

500 New Bridge Street,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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Iwo Jima Theater

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The Iwo Jima Theater opened on April 8, 1953. The movie playing that day was a comedy called “The Girls of Pleasure Island”. It was closed in 1985.

The building still stands and became home to WQSL, a radio station. By 2013 it had been converted into office space. Click the link below for a (poor quality) photo taken on the day that the Iwo Jima Theater opened.

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67imprice
67imprice on December 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I remember seeing the movie ‘Homebodies’ at the Iwo Jima in the fall of 1974 with my father. We were hoping it was going to be a suspenseful movie, which it was, but was also depressing – was about old people being forced out of their homes for new office buildings and their attempts to fight back. The weather that day outside the Iwo Jima was overcast and gloomy that day too. I was only 12 and that was my only time in that theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Apparently this museum has the old marquee:
http://tinyurl.com/ycu478k

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on September 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

The Iwo Jima Theater’s design was also used by the Wilrik Theatre in Sanford; both were Stewart & Everett Theatres.

kaykyserkenny
kaykyserkenny on October 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Does anyone know of the existence, up until the ‘60s, of two theaters on/near Court Street, the State and the Onslow? Am I just imagining that, as a kid, I saw ads for them in the Daily News?

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on October 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I remember seeing a reference to a State Theatre in Jacksonville in a 1967 (Raleigh) News and Observer movie ad. Jacksonville’s Cardinal Theatre opened in 1969; at that point the State may have converted to second-run, grindhouse or porn. If the State and/or Onslow theaters were still operating in the 1970s, they were most likely showing porn and/or grindhouse films; Court Street was very sleazy during the 1970s. Both theaters were most likely demolished during a “cleanup” of Court Street in the early 1980s (similar to what happened to Fayetteville’s Hay Street grindhouses in the 1990s). The Iwo Jima closed in 1985, after the “cleanup” of Court Street but before Carmike took over S&E. The Iwo Jima is, to the best of my knowledge, the only downtown theater left in Jacksonville (which doesn’t have much of a downtown – Jax was a very small town before Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Air Station were built during World War II).

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on November 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

The radio station has left the former Iwo Jima Theater, it has since been converted into office space.

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