Colonial Theater

North Main Street,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

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Colonial Theatre

The 500 seat Colonial Theater was damaged in a 1940 fire. The Colonial Theatre was rebuilt, with an increased seating capacity of 805, and operated at least into the 1950’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I have noticed that the seating capacities Boxoffice gives are sometimes way off. They are probably the least reliable figures the magazine published. Sometimes a photo of an auditorium published with an article about a theater will show that there are obviously many fewer seats than the article itself claims there are. The magazine is very useful for such things as opening and closing dates, though, and a lot of other information.

kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 5:04 am

The Colonial Theater was on N. Main st. What you see on google maps is the area where Cannaon mills plant 1 was North Kannapolis is an area about 2 miles to the north the cordanates for google maps is
35°30'33.71"N 80°36'59.03"W it is just a parking lot now. The picture of the site is here

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kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Finally found a picture of the Colonel to post you can see it here.

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Thomas2 on September 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I am so impressed with the quality of research and the details presented. Where was the Palace located?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Ken Walter: Belated thanks for posting the photo links. I didn’t get a notification for the page update back in April.

Thomas2: The Palace was located at 540 E. C Street. There are links to a couple of photos of it (thanks again to Ken Walter) on its Cinema Treasures page.

Thomas2 on September 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Joe, Thank you. I would like to read anything that you care to post

Thomas2 on September 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Hi Everyone, I would like to share a Google map with you. It indicates the theaters. Corrections or any other information is appreciated.

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Thomas2 on September 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Chuck, very good idea about the addresses. All suggestions appreciated.

Susan Walker
Susan Walker on April 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

My mother saw “The Wizard of Oz” here in September, 1939. It was the very first movie she ever attended.

DavidZornig on August 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Post fire photo added courtesy of the Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, NC 1887-2003 Facebook page.

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