House Theatre

90 East Court Street,
Marion, NC 28752

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House Theater

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The House Theatre is an Art Deco style gem that looks to be untouched and original on the outside. Built in 1950, this theatre sits on the corner of East Court and Garden Street in the heart of Marion right behind the McDowell County Courthouse. The marquees wraps around the corner entrance and the vertical sign has a great deco font spelling out the name. It was closed in 1965.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm

The House Theatre had recently opened, according to a brief article in the April 29, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The architect was C.C. Benton, who also designed a couple of South Carolina Theaters. The owner-operator was named Ernest House.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Great shots of the house.

Rory
Rory on June 19, 2010 at 7:59 am

I now live in Marion, and talking to a local I think it’s doubtful this theatre ever showed films. I’ve not been in it, as it’s now a church venue, but this was apparently a local regional theatre for plays and such. It’s in dire need of restoration, but I fear the local community has little interest, but it would be great to restore and convert to a film revival house, uhfortunately, Marion is a very small town.

DaFlea
DaFlea on December 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Rory the house theatre stayed open until the early 80’s, i watched jaws and star wars there…they closed soon after the Mcdowell Twin Cinemas opened…

ashtroth
ashtroth on January 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

there was also another movie theater on west court st,it was also owned by the house family. it was open until the mid sixties. belk made an annex out of it. yes marion is a small town. it is a town full of greedy people who care nothing about history. if some one tries to restore the theater . the city council would thro every road block they could in the way. if they do not get something out of it. it will not get approved.marion id a dead dead town

Todmeister
Todmeister on September 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm

I lived in Marion from 1972-1986, and it was, in fact a movie theater. And was open until 1982, I believe it was. The McDowell Twin Cinema opened out on the 5-lane, along with a couple additional restaurants, and it pretty much spelled the end of the line for the House. As for myself, the only theater to go to there in my childhood was the House. I saw countless movies there, including Jaws, Jungle Book, Fox and the Hound, Pete’s Dragon among others. It’s sad to see it languish in such a sorry state. I live in Pensacola, FL now, where they just recently restored the old downtown art deco theater, and it would be nice to see a similar restoration on the House Theater in Marion.

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