Center Theatre 1 & 2

1229 Hargett Street,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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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 8:06 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 7:45 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 4:04 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.

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