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The Playhouse Theatre in Statesville was built in the early 1900s as a live performance theatre, complete with dressing rooms, trap doors, and a huge fly area. It was fronted by the Stearns office building.
It was owned by Statesville Theatre Corporation, but then sold to Stewart & Everett in the early 1970s.
It lasted as a movie theatre until it was demolished in 1983. A Wachovia bank stands where the Playhouse once stood.
This contributor worked there as a teenager from 1970-1974, as a concession attendant, projectionist, doorman, and assistant manager.
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