Center Theatre

117 S. Elm Street,
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Center Theatre

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I found opening dates for the Imperial Theatre from 1917 to 1925. The Imperial Theatre was another downtown movie house located on South Elm Street at Market Street. Seating was listed at 1,750. Last known as the Center Theatre. it closed sometime in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Chuck

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RICHARDHANNER
RICHARDHANNER on December 15, 2006 at 10:34 am

This theatre was called the Center theatre in the 60’s. It is now a night club.

ctrwd
ctrwd on January 15, 2007 at 10:20 pm

The Imperial Theatre was an ornate movie palace with appointments as good as those of the still-standing Carolina Theatre. In 1949 it was gutted, and the south half of the space became the Center Theatre. The Center is rather plain. Without checking to see if they were dimmable, fluorescent fixtures were installed on the walls. When the house lights were dimmed, these fixtures flickered erratically until finally doused. When you’re in the Center today, imagine what it would be like if it was twice as wide, and you’ll have a good idea of how big the Imperial was.

raysson
raysson on February 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Was also known as the Center Theatre during the 1950’s and 1960’s where numerous protests took place during the civil rights movement.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

A vintage photo from 1946 of the Imperial Theatre while promoting an on stage appearance of western star Johnny Mack Brown along with a photo of the star himself.

raysson
raysson on November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Chuck1231:
Wasn’t this theatre also known as “The Cinema” which is NOT listed on this site.

raysson
raysson on November 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

“Lawrence of Arabia” played at the Center Theatre on October 17,1963.

“West Side Story” also played here at the Center Theatre on October 18,1962.

“My Fair Lady” also played here around June or July of 1966 as a General Release.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

This opened on August 1st, 1949. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

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