State Theatre

128 Main Street NW,
Lenoir, NC 28645

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Built in 1892, the building had several retail uses before it became the State Theatre sometime prior to 1941. Initially it hosted vaudeville and movies. Listed with 400 seats. In the early-1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey. Listed with 438 seats in 1950.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and today in home to the Wine Celler & Bistro.

Contributed by Patsy

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Patsy
Patsy on February 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

This link shows a vintage photo of the Wine Cellar and Bistro when it was a Western Auto Associate Hardware and the State nearby.

http://www.thewinecellarandbistro.com/History.html

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

If it closed in 1955, I wonder if it has set dormant all these years? I’m still waiting on a reply from the current owners of the bistro to see if they or someone else is planning to restore the theatre. If I don’t get an email response this week, I plan to call the bistro.

Patsy
Patsy on March 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

I recently visited this former theatre. I met the owner of the nearby Wine Cellar and she took me on a tour of what is left of the theatre. Plans to restore the theatre someday were mentioned during my visit.

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