Canova Theater

210 North Carolina Business 16,
Conover, NC 28613

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The Canova Theater opened on May 28, 1941. It was designed by architect Robert L. Clemmer. All seating was on a single floor. Any further information on the Canova Theater would be appreciated. Click the link below for a 1951 photo of the Canova Theater.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Patsy
Patsy on December 20, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Lost Memory: Thanks as I know I can always count on you for a theatre answer or photo. Happy Holidays!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2006 at 3:15 pm

The opening film at the Canova Theatre was Lew Ayres in “The People vs. Dr Kildare”.

The Canova Theater closed in the late 1960’s. The building was purchased by Bobby Matthews of the Matthews Construction Company (as he loved the movies so much and it brought back memories) and it served/serves as the headquarters for his firm (which is currently listed on the internet at 210 1st Avenue South).

Patsy
Patsy on December 20, 2006 at 3:21 pm

KenRoe: Thanks for the additional information. Too bad Mr. Matthews' love of movies didn’t allow him to see fit to restore it as a theatre rather than serving as the Matthews Construction Co. If so, he would have had to level the slanted floor that theatres all do have or had!

Patsy
Patsy on December 20, 2006 at 3:23 pm

I see that Mr. Clemmer was a Hickory architect as he doesn’t seem to be listed under architects.

Patsy
Patsy on December 20, 2006 at 3:24 pm

And if I get to Conover this winter during my stay in NC, I will check out this town and this former theatre.

dbarker33
dbarker33 on September 11, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Any one wishing to have information of this ‘home-town'theater let me know, via e mail. I have jsut finished a book, BIG TIME FOR A DIME, a history of all 90 theaters in the catawba valley of WNC, yes, ninety silver screens., ;; To Patsy, Clemmer is retired. Living in HKY. Mathews was not in the movies business, but in one of the most sucessful builders in WNC. We here in Conover a very glad he restored the building., other wise, like all the other theater building, it would have been demolished. It will not be a theater again. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nccconov/canova.htm

dbarker33
dbarker33 on September 11, 2007 at 4:37 pm

anyone wishing to have photos of any of my history projects, re'; theaters, let me know.

Patsy
Patsy on September 11, 2007 at 5:15 pm

donnie 1: Thanks for the email as I had forgotten about my post here in 2006.

Patsy
Patsy on February 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

The b/w vintage photo on the site above was given to me by Big Time for a Dime author, Conover NC resident and fellow CT member, Don Barker. I now have it framed. Thanks Don.

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