Carver Theatre

711 East Washington Avenue,
Kinston, NC 28501

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The Carver Theatre was operating as an African-American theatre from around 1949 to 1955. It was operated by the Booker T. Theaters chain.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on March 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

The building at 711 East Washington Street currently housing the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith is most likely the former Carver Theatre; its address was most likely renumbered after it ceased functioning as a theater. The lack of windows, wooden doors with diamond-shaped windows, and the spacing between the two sets of doors (where a ticket booth may have been located at one time) give this church building the look of a converted theater.

NightHawk1
NightHawk1 on December 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The Carver Theatre possibly stayed open until the integration of Kinston’s white movie theaters in the 1960s, as the State Theatre downtown closed in the late 1950s. The Carver was apparently Kinston’s first non-downtown indoor theater, as the Park Theatre didn’t open until 1951.

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