Carolina Theatre

529 N. Main Street,
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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CAROLINA Theatre, Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Hendersonville’s small Atmospheric style Rex Theatre was opened in 1933 and was destroyed by a fire in May 1940. It was rebuilt and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidairy H.F. Kincey in the early-1940’s. It had seating provided for 1,000.

Later remodeled in the Art Deco style, the seating capacity was reduced to 863. It was twinned in the mid-1970’s. It has been replaced by a bank building.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Movies that played in the Carolina 1.

“HIGH-BALLING” admission was $2.50. rated PG

“BAKER’S HAWK” rated G

“CORVETTE SUMMER” rated PG

“THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT” rated PG.

“THE MAGIC PONY” rated G. all seats were a dollar for this movie at all times.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Movies that played at CAROLINA 2 the Penthouse.

  1. THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON rated R

2.ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE rated PG

3.STRAIGHT TIME rated R

4.SEMI-TOUGH rated R you can see the PENTHOUSE got most all the R product in that twin.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

Found a picture of the Carolina on Fire.May 10 1940.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

first movie to play the reopened CAROLINA was “ROAD TO ZANZIBAR” with a DONALD DUCK cartoon and News.Opening was a 6:30 pm.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm

More Movies that Played at the CAROLINA One and Two Theatres.

“SILVER STREAK"
"SPY WHO LOVED ME"
"SLAP SHOT"
"THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY"
"RABID"
"ROCKY"
"HIGH BALLIN"
"SEMI-TOUGH"
"THE TURNING POINT"
"THE GOODBYE GIRL"
"ONE ON ONE"
"ORCA"
"SORCERER"
"A STAR IS BORN”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Dec.1 1978 NOW SHOWING

CAROLINA 1 has “HEROES” with “GREASE” starting Dec.2 1978.

CAROLINA 2 Penthouse is finishing up a long run on"ANIMAL HOUSE" with “BLAZING SADDLES” returning for limited Engagement Dec 2 1978. A midnight show of “THINK DIRTY” with Marty Feldman will play over the weekend,Friday and Saturday.

July 18 1978 Now Showing

CAROLINA ONE has “HOT LEAD and COLD FEET” Starting July 19 1987 A Friday is “STAR WARS”.

Carolina Two in the PENTHOUSE has Held over if you can believe it the “SWARM”.

Dec. 26 1979 NOW SHOWING

CAROLINA ONE has “THE BLACK HOLE” A Disney Sci-fi with special Admission this attraction only Adults $3.00 a seat.Under 12 $1.25 must be Disney film rentals.

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE has “10”.

Dec 31 1979 Both the “BLACK HOLE” and “10” are still playing but the midnight show is “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”.

Jan 5 1980 Both “10” and the “BLACK HOLE” are still playing.

Jan. 16 1980
NOW PLAYING

CAROLINA ONE has “ SCAVENGER HUNT” playing.

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE has “STARTING OVER” .

Jan. 29 1980
CAROLINA ONE is playing “THE PRIZE FIGHTER”

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE has “GUYANA CULT OF THE DAMNED”.

Jan 31 1980

CAROLINA ONE is showing “SLEEPING BEAUTY” .

CAROLINA TWO the Penthouse has “STAR TREK the Motion Picture” what a huge event flick to play in such a small theatre with a tiny screen compared downstairs to the CaroLina One.

Feb. 22 1980

Carolina One has “JAWS 2”.this must be a re-release.Because I know it was a summer not winter film.

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE has “THE JERK”.

Feb.25 1980 both “JAWS 2” and “THE JERK” are still showing.

April 8 1980

CAROLINA ONE has “COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER” Held over.In that neck of the woods I can understand the Country Music connection.

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE is showing “THE FOG”

April 9 1980 “COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER” is going on its Third week.

April 10 1980

CAROLINA TWO the PENTHOUSE has one of Steve MCQueen’s Final films “TOM HORN”.Rated R one of the few R rated Flicks he would make.

andrewsgrandma
andrewsgrandma on June 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

My mom worked at the Carolina Theater in the 1950’s in the box office. Ted Reed (Reid)I think that was his name, was the manager. I remember seeing Peter Pan and a John Wayne western when I was a little girl. I remember the audience laughing out loud when I declared in my child like voice, “Look mommy, they’re wearing their jommies” (my word for pj’s)in the western movie.

I remember the flashing lights of the marque, the curtains over the double set of entrance doors, the thick dark carpet, concession stand with all the candy soft drinks and popcorn and the long stair case to the ladies room, which had several couches and chairs in a lounge area before entering the restrooms. The door to the office was in the lounge area. I was always fascinated with the lighting fixtures on the walls in the auditorium. It was a beautiful theater back then. To bad it couldn’t have been saved.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

great story, yep. sorry a stinking bank building just had to go there,i did get quite a few one sheets out of that old theatre….

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

Was hoping for new info and history on the Theatre,but my lazy cousin hasn’t lifted a finger yet….He ran the place for years.was suppose interview bookers and old employees like Andrew’s grandmother!

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