Carolina Theatre

1212 West Franklin Avenue,
Gastonia, NC 28052

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The Carolina Theatre was a little over a mile from the other movie theatres in downtown Gastonia. It opened in 1942 as the Carolina Theatre. It served the community surrounding the huge Loray textile mill until at least the late-1950’s.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

This house opened sometime between 1927 and 1930 as the Loray Theatre, and appears to have been the second location of that house. In 1935, it was remodeled and enlarged and reopened as the Carolina Theatre. The September 12, 1935, issue of The Gastonia Gazette had this item about the theater:

“Since the remodeling of the old Loray theater into the new Carolina theater there has been a decided change for the better in the behavior of former boisterous and rowdy patrons. Whistling, cat calls and profanity have been banned, and pictures can now be enjoyed in comfort and pleasure.”
The April 18, 1935, issue of The Film Daily noted the planned changes at the Loray Theatre:
“GASTONIA— W. T. Gray will close the Loray for a complete remodeling and enlarging. Plans call for 700 seats, modern ventilating and equipment throughout; cost $10,000. Unique cooling plant; local ice company plant adjacent will be hooked up with theatre in summer.”

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