Swanee Theater

200 West Avenue,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

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Functions: Community Center

Styles: Art Deco

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Swanee Theater

This theater was one of several in Kannapolis, NC. It is located on West Avenue and is now the Kannapolis Visitors Center. It was a smaller sister to the Gem Theater located a few blocks away.

Contributed by Robert Harmon

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

ghamilton on December 28, 2005 at 10:13 pm

This is a beautiful bldg.Does anyone know if it is still equiped at all as a theater?

UAGirl on March 7, 2006 at 2:01 pm

Sadly, no. The Visitor’s Center has,for the most, taken over the building.

eagleart on July 21, 2006 at 1:24 am

There was a third theater in Kannapolis called The Dixie Theater. There was a grocery store occupying it until about 2 months ago. It’s scheduled for demolition!

eagleart on October 23, 2007 at 12:29 am

If any of you ever get a chance to visit Kannapolis, stop by this Visitor’s Center. They have photos inside of the theater in the ‘40s. And then go to The Gem Theatre!

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2009 at 2:25 am

The December 21, 1940, issue of Boxoffice Magazine ran an item telling of personnel shifts at various Kannapolis theaters resulting from the recent opening of the Swanee Theatre.

kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Swanee back in the day.

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buffalodavid on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

Spent many a Saturday afternoon there, with 50’s and 60’s Sci Fi and horror flicks. Downstairs was a gigantic basement, where the town kept all it’s Christmas decorations. The front row of seats was a good thirty feet from the screen, so you didn’t look up at it. No balcony, and no real stage. It was an easy theatre for a kid to seek into. And I did. A lot!

DavidZornig on August 23, 2017 at 4:43 am

2010 photo added as The Visitor Center, courtesy of the Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, NC 1887-2003 Facebook page.

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