Webb Theatre

182 South Street,
Gastonia, NC 28052

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Webb Theatre

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The Webb Theatre in downtown Gastonia was a long running movie house which opened in 1927. The Webb Theatre was still open in 1950.

It is currently being used by the city as a mix of offices in the front and storage in the auditorium. The seats have been removed but the balcony is intact. The screen still hangs on the stage and there is hope that one day the entire space can be returned to theater uses again.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2007 at 3:02 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1969 style 150 was installed in the Webb Theater on 10/13/1928.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 14, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Here is a photo of the Webb Theater building and this is a close-up view. Alert the spelling police, this one is spelled theatER. :)

Patsy
Patsy on October 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Mark in NC: I’ve been to Gastonia to see friends and will be returning this winter to check out the former Webb lobby photos and one of the old projectors on display. Hope it is all still there!

Patsy
Patsy on October 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm

And I hope this theater can be returned to its original use as a theater for Gastonia!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm

In 1955 the Webb Theater had 800 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Another 1984 photo is here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Here is a coupon book, circa 1950s:
http://tinyurl.com/nylewj

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 3, 2009 at 11:02 am

Mark in N.C. DO YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THE DIANA 29 DRIVE IN GASTONIA? I HAD HEARD THE OWNER HAD COME HOME AFTER CLOSING THE DRIVE-IN FOR THE NIGHT TO FIND HIS FAMILY KILLED AND HE NEVER OPENED THE DRIVE-IN UP. IT WAS A TWIN DRIVE-IN.

jimsong56
jimsong56 on June 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I was travelling in Charlotte this week and visited the new Nick’s Steak and Taphouse in the renovated Webb Theater. Sadly no longer showing films, though the interior salutes its past and under the kitchen is in the stage area and above it they were screening a Spencer Tracy film on unknown title. http://www.destin.com/articles/webb-53471-gaston-theater-eatery.html

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

This biography of architect Hugh Edward White attributes the design of the Webb Theatre to him, and dates the project as ca.1927.

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