Peoples Theater

204 Roanoke Avenue,
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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Peoples Theater

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BLG on November 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

This theater has been closed for years. I do know that over two years ago it had supposedly been “saved”, according to the town’s newspaper. I went through the archives on their website and came up with this:

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If you’ve read the article by the time you get to this, I’ll give you my own opinion: Summer of ‘08 had passed and the theater looks exactly as it did two years ago. Frankly, I don’t think it sounds promising if they’re having to pump water out of the orchestra pit. The People’s Theater is merely a thing of the past.

raysson on June 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm

The Peoples Theatre closed in the late 1980’s when it was under the Carmike Cinemas chain. The only operating moviehouse in Roanoke Rapids is the Cinema 1 & 2 which was once under Carmike’s operations,but it is now run by an independent chain.

ghamilton on July 4, 2009 at 6:13 am

Nearby is a much more attractive theater building being used for some retail/and or office application.A handsome brick structure with some interesting statuary.

ghamilton on December 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

I was in RR yesterday (waste of time).The theater I refered to above is at 1012 Roanoke St.The carvings are lovely,for this town.The theater has a large stage box,the building has retail in front.Next time I’ll have to get out and go in,try to see what is left inside,theater-wise.It was a grand place at one time for sure.

ghamilton on December 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

The huge,ugly,abandoned theater in nearby Weldon is now being used as a church.

NightHawk1 on January 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

The Peoples Theater is located on the 200 block, east side, of Roanoke Avenue near the intersection of 2nd Street. It is the third storefront from the corner (the pink Art Deco building). It definitely appears to be in bad shape; i’m surprised it hasn’t been demolished yet.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on July 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Dragonlace1 on August 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

My husband & I went to see the Buddy Holly story there during the late 1970s. I remember thinking that the theater would be wonderful to restore.

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