Webb Theatre

9 E. Marion Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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Opened in 1930 the Webb Theatre had seating listed at 500. I could find no info on owners/operators of this theatre.

The Webb Theatre closed in 1955 and has since been demolished. The site now houses a law firm of Gragg & Gragg. Any further information on the Webb Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on July 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Actually, the law firm is Gragg & Gragg.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

A Webb Theatre at Shelby (perhaps this one, perhaps an earlier one) was mentioned in the 1926-1927 yearbook of Boiling Hills High School. An advertisement for the Deluxe Cafe said that it was next to the Webb Theatre.

In the 1947-1948 Shelby City Directory, Pete Webb is listed as manager of the Webb Theatre. Pete Webb and his brother Fred achieved some fame in the 1920s and 1930s as professional golfers. An annual golf tournament held in Cleveland County is named for Pete Webb, who died in 2003 at the age of 90.

The February 9, 1952, issue of The Billboard ran an obituary for William H. Webb, 51, who it said was the owner of theaters in Shelby, Gastonia, and Kings Mountain, NC.

Cinema Treasures has a Webb Theatre listed in Gastonia, but no house of that name in Kings Mountain. Perhaps the Webbs didn’t use the family name for that house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

The building occupied by Gragg & Gragg (financial planners and accountants, not a law firm) is very modern, and doesn’t resemble, even in part, anything that would have housed a theater in the past. I’d say the building dates from no earlier than the late 1970s, and is probably even more recent. It looks like it might have been built as a bank. The Webb Theatre has surely been demolished.

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