Imperial Theatre

1010-1012 Roanoke Avenue,
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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The Imperial Theatre opened in 1935 with a general seating capacity of 650, which also included a balcony area(at the time was reserved for people of color).

General Amusements owned and operated this theatre from 1935 to its closing in 1964.

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ghamilton
ghamilton on December 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

Yes,the building is in great condition,overall.Next time I have time to waste,by getting off the super slab in RR,I’ll try to get inside.I wander far and wide trying to sell industrial supplies to the willing,so I see many places.I keep a sharp eye for theater structures.I spotted this one long before it was listed.

ghamilton
ghamilton on December 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

Sadly,I wonder if de-segragation had anything to do with this closing.Many small theaters closed around the South because of “issues” relating to that process.The theater owners did not think whites would sit on the same seats,

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