Colonial Theater

North Main Street,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

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Colonial Theatre

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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 30, 2009 at 4:58 am

I’ve found that Boxoffice has quite a few misspellings and typos, and sometimes has dumb mistakes, such as items datelined to the wrong location (several instances of Lodi, California, for a Lodi Theatre in Lodi, Ohio, for example), but overall it is pretty reliable. Much of the content appears to have been compiled by the magazine’s copy editors from notes or press releases by theater owners themselves.

The editors probably worked in haste, and many of the notes were probably hand written, accounting for the frequent minor errors. Harry Hart was one of their regional corespondents, though, and did a regular column for a few years, often going out to interview people in the industry, as well as doing the same sort of compiling that the staffers in Hollywood probably did, but for territory with which he was personally familiar, so he was less likely than them to make mistakes. I think he was based in Charlotte.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2009 at 5:38 am

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 1:04 pm

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 11:29 pm

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

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Thomas2 on September 20, 2009 at 3:58 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2009 at 4:26 am

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 20, 2009 at 4:52 am

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

Thomas2 on September 20, 2009 at 5:01 am

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 20, 2009 at 7:40 am

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

Susan Walker
Susan Walker on April 7, 2016 at 5:53 pm

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

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