Sunset Theater

234 Sunset Avenue,
Asheboro, NC 27203

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Sunset Theater

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This theater was built in 1928 by the Cox Family of Asheboro, NC. The facility opened as the Sunset Theater in 1930. The theater was operated by Francis White and later by Dick Stone. The theater closed as a first run house in 1969. It reopened in the 1970’s as the Flick. The theater closed as a movie house in 1979. The theater was sold to Jeff Schwartz in 1981.

Over the years the facility was used as a church. The theater was sold again in 2001 to the George Washington Carver Enrichment Center. After failing to renovate and provide proper upkeep of the facility, it was sold to the City of Asheboro in December of 2005. The facility is now under the umbrella of the Asheboro Parks and Recreation Department. A monthly film series titled “The Sunset Classic Film Series” showcases classic movies from yesteryear. Plays and concerts are also held regularly.

Contributed by Foster Hughes

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ncmark
ncmark on December 21, 2006 at 5:30 am

This is a nice theater that could be a great asset to this small town. I recently attended the film series to see inside. The interior is worn but looks to be mostly original. The outside has the potential to be one of the best buildings in town but it needs some attention and its marquee returned. The style is Spanish both inside and out. The balcony has good sight lines but the lobby is very small. I think the city is looking to use the vacant building next door to help make theater operations better – both for an expanded lobby and back of house needs. The Parks and Rec department puts on the film series and it was nice. It was done on 16mm which is better than video projection but it would be nice to see 35mm projectors at some point in the future.

raysson
raysson on November 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

George Lucas' STAR WARS played here at the Flick Theatre on July 1, 1977.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

The minutes of a 2010 meeting of the Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission contains a lengthy report on the Sunset Theatre, which was being considered for landmark designation. The document available as a PDF.

The report says that the Sunset Theatre was designed by architect William C. Holleyman, Jr.. The Commission voted to approve the designation of the Sunset Theatre as an official local landmark.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

There’s a photo of the Sunset Theatre as The Flick at upper left on this page of The Architectural History of Randolph County North Carolina.

raysson
raysson on June 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Previously Operated under:

Consolidated Theatres

Martin Theatres

raysson
raysson on June 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Martin Theatres also owned and operated the Cinema II at Northgate Plaza. And the Sunset Theatre Downtown Asheboro.

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