Centre Theatre

1513 N. Quaker Lane,
Alexandria, VA 22302

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Centre Theatre.  Alexandria, VA

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The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built in 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s which was next to the center complete with old jukeboxes at each table.

The Centre Theatre was a good sized single screen theatre, designed by architect John Eberson, with A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was almost identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in Arlington, VA.

By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed second runs of mainstream films for reduced prices. The balcony was closed off at this point and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall. The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.

I can’t seem to find much online but it was definitely a nice theatre in it’s day. As a youth I really liked it, even though it was a bit run down.

Contributed by Adam

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

atmos on February 15, 2008 at 3:35 am

I am pretty sure this theatre was designed by John Eberson in association with A O Budina.

bobc007 on July 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

The Centre was operated by Neighborhood Theatres. A.O. Budina designed many of their theatres. I was a projectionist at the Centre during the mid-1970s.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm

1966/`67 photo added courtesy of Burks Hunt.

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