Colonial Theater

514 N. Main Street,
Tarboro, NC 27886

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Colonial Theater

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The Colonial Theater in Tarboro, North Carolina was built in 1919. It stopped being a movie theater in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s. The building was next used as a church. Today the building is empty and in need of repair, but funds are being raised to go toward a restoration.

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kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm

That paper has several articles about the theater in its recent archives, but I didn’t read them all.

nealb1992 on March 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

Hi Chuck IM Neal my grand father is the current owner of the old colonial therater At 514 North Main street in Tarboro N.C …. Ther colonial therater DID NOT CLOSE ASW A MOVIE THEATER UNTIL the spring of 1982…not 1975 The colonial therater was opperated by my uncles farther Marion Boykin of Wilson N.C….. NOT HOWELL THEATRES. It sounds to me that you may need to do some more research on the collonial theater so you can get your facts right befor you go posting them on a website and have no clue what your talking about .

sincearly Neal

nealb1992 on March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hi Chuck1231 Sorry for the attitude thios morning i just read these comments about the colonial and it just gets on my nervs when people get the history of the colonial all wrong so i do apologize for the attitude this morning but to my knowledge the colonial was built in 1919 and finally opened as a oprah house in 1920 then in 1927 it changed over in to a still movie theater in 1940’s the colonial became the first motion theater in the twin countys.

nealb1992 on March 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

dear lost memory,

hi my name is neal my grand father owns the colonial at 514 north main street. You make it sound like we are not going to repair the south wall of the colonial theater before the mural is painted… The south wall has been repaired the wall has been tuck pointed new grout has been replaced between every brick and then the wall was painted all one color.. and now the mural has been finished thanks to michael brown of chaple hill … the mural costed $35,000.00 and is expected to last 25, years…. and no this was not part of the restoration of the colonial. it was just something that we wanted to do to honor or veterans… you should come to tarbor n.c and i will give you the tour of the colonial and the tour is welcome to any one who will come to tarboro to see the colonial….

sincearly , NEAL

NightHawk1 on November 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

Nealb1992 is correct about the closing date of the Colonial. It was replaced by the Parkhill Cinema 3 located at Parkhill Mall (now Riverside Plaza) in 1982. Progress is slowly but surely being made on the restoration of the Colonial Theatre. It now looks better than it did when it was a storefront church.

nealbaker on November 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Good afternoon it;s nealb1992 again just letting you know that we just had our star light ball in efforts to rais funds to restor the old colonial theater it went very well. we have also made right at $49,000.00 off the marquee. what the marquee does if you donate $500.00 or more you get your name put on the marquee for two weeks the marquee has helped us out alot. we also just recieved a $8,000.00 donation of sound equiptment the whole nine yards, by the colonial theaters previous owner mr. marion boykin of wilson n.c so if anyone would like to help out by donating just let me know i will keep check on this page .

DavidDynamic on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

Well, Neal answers the question that I posed on the Tar Theater page on CT. However, I was never clear on the business connection between W.J.P.Earnhardt and Boykin. It seems that the Taylor may have booked films through Stewart-Everett and the SE bankruptcy ended that relationship—creating the need to form a new booking arrangement.

DavidDynamic on January 30, 2012 at 3:15 am

While I was working at the Taylor Mr. Earnhardt offered me a management job at a Tarboro theater but my salary bid of $100 per week killed the offer—I did not feel disappointed since I was going to college for a different goal.

ctwrenn on May 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

here is another link to another pic don’t know if it is any more recent then the above or others but anyway though i would contribute

NightHawk1 on June 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

ctwrenn: I posted three of the four photos posted here of the Colonial. I used my Android phone to take the pictures (the photos showing the facade without white paint). The morning photo was taken March 12,2012; the two evening shots (showing the neon lit up) were taken April 9, 2012. WSasser posted the photo of the Colonial with the white facade; it appears to have been taken in the mid-1980s after closing but before it became a church.

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