Booker-T Theatre

823 E. Pettigrew Street,
Durham, NC 27701

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The Booker-T Theatre was located on E. Pettigrew Street at Grant/Rumsuer Street. This neighborhood house was owned and operated by the Bijou Amusement Co. This was an African American theatre. Seating was listed at 490.

The Booker-T Theatre closed in 1964 and has since been demolished. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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raysson
raysson on June 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

The Booker-T Theatre and the Regal Theatre were the only two moviehouses during that catered to African-Americans in Durham.
There was also,which is not listed in Cinema Treasures a drive-in theatre that also was owned by Bijou Amusements that catered to African-Americans too(which was the one of two drive-in theatres in Durham that welcomed African-Americans between the 1930’s until the early to mid-1960’s)

asedmonds
asedmonds on November 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

The 1950 Durham City Directory (the only one I could find that lists the Booker T) identifies the theater’s address as 430 E Pettigrew Street. Many Durham blocks changed addresses over the years, though, especially in Hayti.

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