Newtowne 1 & 2

1515 E. Broad Street,
Statesville, NC 28625

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Newtowne 1 & 2

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The Newtowne Theatre was opened on April 26, 1967 as a single screen cinema, with a seating capacity of 530. Owned and operated by Statesville Theatre Corporation under Fuller Sams. The architect was Thomas Hutchens. The premiere attraction at the grand opening was the showing of “Hombre” starring Paul Newman. By 1978, Martin Theatres took over this theatre and twinned it. Later on Carmike Cinemas would acquire operations until its closing in 2000.

The only outside highlights are huge poster frames and the marquee of the building. Even the pillars on the front of the building are brick.

Over the years, the interior has been remodeled and the Art Deco concession stand has been painted over and stripped of its former metallic accents. In a few sections of the lobby, you can also see where the carpet is covering up a rather nice wooden floor.

The box office has also been stripped to nothing but a bare floor, an old counter top, a torn ‘CLOSED’ curtain, and a microphone with a short in it.

What business was left after the opening of AM Star and Eastern Federal megaplexes down the road, in Mooresville and Hunterville, was eaten up by a sister theater across the highway.

Contributed by UAGirl, Raysson

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Mmandarano
Mmandarano on September 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

I didn’t realize the Newtowne was in operation as far back as 1969. Do you guys know what year exactly it opened? We used to eat at the pizza place beside it once a month or so when I was younger and I caught several shows at the Newtowne during the 1990s.

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

Correction: THE NEWTOWNE THEATRE opened on April 26,1967 under Statesville Theatre Corporation. Located on East Broad Street in the Newtowne Plaza at the Interstate 77 intersection.

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

The NEWTOWNE THEATRE was the first cinema to be built in Statesville since 1939 and it was the first suburban theater to be located in Statesville and Iredell County.

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

ADDRESS:

1515 East Broad Street, Newtowne Plaza Shopping Center Statesville, NC 28625

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Owned and operated under Statesville Theatre Corporation under Fuller Sams as a single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 530. The architect was Thomas Hutchens. The premiere attraction for the grand opening of the Newtowne Theatre was “Hombre” starring Paul Newman and Richard Boone.

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

THEATRE HISTORY:

1967-1978 Statesville Theatre Corporation

1978-1986 Martin Theatres

1986-2000 Carmike Cinemas

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Was twinned by 1978 when ownership changed to Atlanta-based Martin Theatres and renamed the Newtowne Twin split it into two sections with a seating capacity of 265 each.

Carmike Cinemas took over this theatre in 1986 until it closed in 2000 when it was a second-run discount house.

raysson
raysson on October 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I have the ads if you need to see them

Mmandarano
Mmandarano on October 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

Newtowne is actually beside the JR Tobacco Discount Outlet. It’s still standing unless it’s been torn down in the past month or two. It’s sandwiched in between the JR Outlet on the left side near the highway and the pizza place with the high pointed triangular roof that is right off the highway.

Mmandarano
Mmandarano on October 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

We have several decent photos of the exterior in the photos section now. Could we get one of them to replace the empty sign as the main photo? I was out there the other day and that sign has been removed too at this point.

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