Acme Theatre

111 S. Center Street,
Goldsboro, NC 27530

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Acme Theatre

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Opened as the Acme Theatre in 1913. It operated until around 1928. Operated for many years in retail use, it reopened in the early-2010’s as a live performance space.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2010 at 5:33 am

The correct address of the Acme/Wayne Theatre is 111 S. Center Street, not N. Center. The theater building and its neighbors as depicted in the photo Chuck linked to can be seen in the 100 S. block on Google Street View.

The UNC library web site’s “Going to the Show” database lists the Acme Theatre at 111-113 S.W. Center, saying it opened about 1914 (the S.W. in the address means it was on the west side of South Center.) The database doesn’t mention the Wayne Theatre. It doesn’t mention the Paramount, the Carolina, or the Variety, either. Apparently it only gives original names of the theaters included in it— at least those in Goldsboro.

The December 20, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World included the Acme Theatre at Goldsboro on a list of theater subscribing to the American Motion Picture Supply League. The decorative tile work on the Acme’s facade is of a style that was popular in the 1910s, and is probably the theater’s original decoration.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2010 at 3:10 am

While the Acme/Wayne was on South Center Street, the Variety Theatre mentioned in the introduction was actually on North Center. The Variety’s marquee was still on the building when the camera truck went by to take the current Google Street View pictures.

trailerjoh on October 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Here’s a photo I took of the Wayne when I was stationed at SJAFB 69-70.

vbridgers on July 10, 2012 at 6:13 am

The Wayne Theatre is also the Center then Variety Theatres I believe which is here:

So the picture is not of the ACME.

NightHawk1 on May 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Looking at the photos at the top of both the Variety (Center) Theatre and Wayne Theatre pages, I agree with vbridgers that the Wayne, Center and Variety theaters are all the same building. This page should be combined with the Variety’s page and a separate page be created for the Acme Theatre when information on that venue is found.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

vbridgers is correct. Now that we have a photo of the Wayne Theatre, it clearly was not in the old Acme building at all, but in the building that housed the Center Theatre and later the Variety Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Here is the Acme Theatre’s page at DocSouth’s Going to the Show collection. It operated from about 1914 to about 1928, and must have always been called the Acme.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

Looks like this was restored and reopened in 2012 as rehearsal space and space for small productions.

IBLSKeith on May 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The 1920 Robert-Morton pipe organ from the Acme is now located in a private residence in Maine. It is a two manual four rank instrument.

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