Center Theater

215 1st Avenue NW,
Hickory, NC 28601

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Center Theater

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Located downtown Hickory, the Center Theater opened in 1942. It closed in 1972 and was demolished in September 2007 to make room for a parking lot. It had first run movies, and kiddie days on Saturdays, for only one thin dime.

The Center Theater was segregated until the 1960’s when seating for African-Americans was admitted down on the main floor. Seating otherwise was in a dark dirty balcony. Drinks and popcorn were brought up stairs to the African-American patrons. Ticket windows were seperate from whites. “No Restrooms for Coloreds” was posted on a sign.

There was one African-American theater in Hickory, the Embassy Theater, which featured first rate movies, big bands and dancing girls on Saturday nights.

The Carolina Theater is now the only theater in downtown Hickory.

Contributed by DON BARKER

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

atmos
atmos on March 13, 2010 at 3:16 am

The architect was Erle Stillwell.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I don’t see a listing for the Embassy here.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater