Newtowne 1 & 2
1515 E. Broad Street,
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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.
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