Elk Twin Theatre

129 West Main Street,
Elkin, NC 28621

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Elk Twin Theatre

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The Elk Theatre opened in October of 1941. The building is vacant and money is trying to be raised to renovate the Reeves Theatre.

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CSWalczak on October 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

A donations jug that had been on a local bookstore’s counter that had been placed there to collect money to help restore the Reeves was recently stolen: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

Thanks Chuck,hope the theatre was saved and not a parking lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

The NRHP nomination form for the Downtown Elkin Historic District (PDF here) has a paragraph about the Reeves Theatre. It says that Dr. W. B. Reeves built the 300-seat Elk Theatre in 1937, and built the 700-seat Reeves Theatre in 1941 after realizing that the town could support a larger house. It doesn’t say that the Elk Theatre was on the same site as the Reeves, but doesn’t say it wasn’t. It’s possible that part of the original theater was incorporated into the new house.

This article from the July 2, 2012, issue of The Winston-Salem Journal says that the Reeves Theatre had been entirely gutted in preparation for a renovation as a performing arts space. Even the balcony had been removed. The Elk Twin had closed in 1994, after a storm damaged the roof.

A video and a collection of 19 photos accompany the article. Most of the photos show the abandoned building before it was gutted, but a few are after. One after photo shows that the original art modern facade has also been stripped off of the building, leaving bare brick, though the marquee is still intact.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

This brief item from October 24, 1940, issue of The Elkin Tribune makes it sound as though the Reeves Theatre was not to be built on the same site as the Elk Theatre:

“Of considerable interest was the announcement Monday by Dr. W. B. Reeves, who owns and operates the Elk Theatre, that he is planning to build a new and modern theatre on West Main street next to the Duke Power Company, having purchased that property, and the W. M. Allen property upon which is situated the building housing the law offices of Mr. Allen and Hoke Henderson, and the Elkin-Jonesville Building & Loan Association. This building, it is understood, will be torn down to make room for the new theatre, work on which will start sometime in the near future.”
I’ve been unable to discover if the Reeves Theatre was indeed built at the location announced in this article. If the Elk Theatre was in a different location than the Reeves I don’t know what became of it. I’ve found no references to it after 1940, so if it was a different house it must have closed when the Reeves Theatre opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Renovation is again underway at the Reeves Theatre, and the venue could be opened by summer of 2016, according to this illustrated articleposted by the Elkin Tribune on July 17, 2015.

JohnnyC. on September 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm

The Reeves theatre listed on this page opened on October 30, 1941. I don’t know if the Reeves theatre was ever officially known as the Elk theatre.

To the best of my knowledge, the Elk theatre was a different theatre at another location which opened on March 1, 1937.

Dr. W. B. Reeves was an optometrist. His office was located in the Elk theatre building. I have yet to find an address or closing date for the Elk theatre.

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