205 N. College Street,
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The Auditorium was a multi-purpose space at the corner of Fifth and College Streets, and dates back to probably the late 1800’s. It was very large with some reports putting the seating count at over 4000. It was a bare bones style structure as photos of the interior show. It was in the same block as the Carolina Theater and the two were open at the same time for a brief period in the late 20’s. By the 30’s the theater was dismantled and moved to the west side of town. It was reconstructed into a church structure know as the Garr Auditorium and it currently stands closed and decaying on Tuckasegee Road in the Wesley Heights neighborhood.
The really big movies played at the auditorium after the Academy of Music burned in 1922. Highlights included ‘The Huntchback of Notre Dame’ in January ‘24, 'The Ten Commandments’ in December ‘24, 'The Big Parade’ in January ‘26, 'Ben-Hur’ in September ‘26, 'Beau Geste’ in January ‘27 and 'King of Kings’ in March ‘28.
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