Lafayette Theatre

118 4th Street E. and N. Church Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I just noticed that DocSouth has two entries for the Lafayette. The one I linked previously lists the years of operation as 1920-1926 and this one lists 1926-1933. The second page gives a seating capacity of 300, but no address, while the first one lists an address but gives no seating capacity.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm

DocSouth’s “Going to the Show” lists the Lafayette Theatre at 108 E. Fourth Street, and has it in operation by 1920. The house was mentioned frequently in both the Winston-Salem Journal and The Twin-City Daily Sentinel in the early 1920s. The April 25, 1921, issue of the latter paper mentioned a movie being presented at the Pilot Theatre that evening which would also “…be shown at the LaFayette theatre for colored people tomorrow.”

ThePossum on May 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm

The info above is incorrect. The Google photo shows WEST Fourth Street. The Lafayette was at 108 EAST Fourth. The seating capacity was closer to 300. It was in operation prior to 1930. The building was demolished (along with the rest of the block which included the Lincoln and New Rex theaters) in 1972 for Wachovia Bank’s computer facility known as the Phillips Building. The unsightly box occupies the entire block and today houses the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Dept.