Center Theatre 1 & 2

1229 Hargett Street,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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raysson on September 28, 2015 at 8:19 pm

NightHawk1 and Joe Vogel: I have in my possession the newspaper ad from the Jacksonville Daily News on the April 26,1956 grand opening ad of the Center Theater. Please contact me at and I will sent it to you.

THE OPENING ATTRACTION FOR THE CENTER THEATER’S OPENING Was “MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS”– In Cinemascope and Color!!! Starring Dan Dailey, and Cyd Charisse on April 26,1956.


raysson on September 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm

This theater got a LOT of the United Artists product and some Disney during the 1960’s and early-1970’s. ALL of the “Beatles”, “James Bond”,and “Pink Panther” films played here first-run at the Center.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2015 at 7:24 am

The Center Theatre was listed in the 1963 city directory.

NightHawk1 on September 23, 2014 at 12:04 am

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.

kingchimp on August 11, 2012 at 3:45 am

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 February 29, 2012 at 4:06 am

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