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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ncmark
ncmark on February 1, 2007 at 10:41 am

The city has some great vintage photos of the the theater (interior and exterior) hanging in the former lobby of the building. One of the old projectors is also on display on the steps leading to the balcony.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 5, 2007 at 1:28 pm

The theater was put up for auction in January 1995:

GASTONIA – Land and property owned by the estate of the late bondsman Eddie Dow went on the auction block Saturday. About 30 people showed up to bid on 15 acres in south Gaston and 10 came to bid on the old Webb Theater in downtown Gastonia. But bids for the properties didn’t satisfy the estate’s asking price. Kathleen Dow, mother of the bondsman, wouldn’t accept less than $55,000 for the Webb, which she said has a $132,000 tax value.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Here is an ad from the Gastonia Gazette dated 9/12/67:
http://tinyurl.com/35qw4x

Patsy
Patsy on October 29, 2008 at 7:23 am

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 7:24 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 3, 2009 at 5:02 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 6:57 am

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 11:51 am

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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