Carmike Appalachian 2

559 W. King Street,
Boone, NC 28607

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Carmike Appalachian 2

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Opened 1938 with the movie “Breaking the Ice” with admission of 25 cents for adults, 10 cents for children.

Gutted in 1950 by a fire started by overheated popcorn oil during the Saturday matinee film “The Trail of the Singing Pines” starring Gene Autry. The manager went to the stage to ask people to depart, but flames then shot out of the corners of the screen, and people stampeded out.

Closed on November 29, 2007 by movie operator Carmike Cinemas Inc. In 2005, admission was raised from $1.50 to $2.00, and $2.50 for weekends. Art House films were shown at what was informally known as ‘The Dollar House’.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Howard B. Haas

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 3, 2007 at 4:18 am

Article on the theater’s closing:
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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 3, 2007 at 8:53 am

must’ve been some fire that forced the theater to rebuild as a twin soon after. Yet another twin theater in America that is being killed by the megaplexes.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 9, 2008 at 9:06 pm

anything going on with this theater??

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 25, 2008 at 8:50 pm

any news on this theater/

Harvey
Harvey on April 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Appalachian article at Watauga Democrat here.

I lived in Boone from the fall of 2004 until the summer of 2006. I saw some films at the Appalachian and while it was a bit run down, that was part of its charm. The balcony was converted into a second screen sometime back and really was one of the better instances of such a remodeling. Roomy enough with a kind of stadium seating and a decent size screen, much bigger than most megaplexes. One of the worst instances of balcony to screening room would be the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. During my time there, the general rule was if it played upstairs, I wouldn’t go.

Since I’ve left Boone, the Dragonfly Theatre has opened up, bringing what some would consider more art-house fare to the area. It’s apparently very active community-wise with art shows and concerts as well. Given it’s history, the Appalachian I hope will survive in some form, preferably the way it was left. You can’t buy that ambiance.

GMNash
GMNash on March 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I’m thinking Consolidated had this theatre for a period of time… and Carmike got it when they sold out to them.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Nice 1984 photo,nice looking marquee.

SaveTheAppTheatre
SaveTheAppTheatre on February 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

The Appalachian Theatre is coming back as a mixed-use performance venue for live theatre, concerts, and art house films. http://www.savetheapptheatre.com/

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