Center Theatre 1 & 2

1229 Hargett Street,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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Center Theatre  1 & 2

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The Center Theatre, built in the early-1960’s, was located in the New River Shopping Center on Hargett Street. The theatre entrance faces the intersection of Hargett Street and Robinson Drive (a T-intersection that does not enter the shopping center).

The Center Theatre was owned by Stewart & Everett Theatres, who twinned the theatre in the mid-1970’s. Carmike Cinemas acquired the Center Theatre 1 & 2 in 1986 and ran it until around 1990. An independent operator reopened the Center Theatre 1 & 2 during the mid-1990’s but gave up by 1996. The Center Theatre 1 & 2 has been vacant since then.

Contributed by NightHawk1

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NightHawk1 on February 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

This theater may have been built earlier than the mid-1960s. New River Shopping Center opened in 1952.

kingchimp on August 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Yes, it was built before mid 60’s. I’m not sure, but I’d say 61' or 62'. I remember my sister standing in line (which stretched around the theater) for the Beatles' “Help” in 1965. I had already been going there with my buddies and sat in our row on the right hand side, 5 rows from the front. We went there for the Saturday morning matinees. That was early 1960’s.

NightHawk1 on September 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

The Center Theatre looks like it was built mid-to-late 1950s, a few years after the Iwo Jima; from aerial views it resembles a backwards version of Fayetteville’s Bragg Theatre. The Center was Jacksonville’s first suburban indoor cinema, followed by both the Cardinal and Northwoods theaters in 1969.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2015 at 3:24 am

The Center Theatre was listed in the 1963 city directory.

raysson on July 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm

I’m conducting research information on the grand opening of this theater which had to open either between 1961, 1962 and 1963 when this was a single screener.

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