Center Theatre

Kinston, NC 28501

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Contributed by Ken Roe

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NightHawk1 on May 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

This is truly a forgotten theater. I lived in the Kinston area in the mid-1970s and never heard of a Center Theatre. The Paramount was the only downtown theater operating in 1975, with the Park Theatre operating just north of downtown. The only other downtown theaters I am aware of Kinston having were the Oasis and the Carolina, which may have been the same theater (the Oasis was operating during the silent era, while the Carolina operated during Hollywood’s “Golden Age”). The Center could have been a third name for the Oasis/Carolina, a third downtown (white) theater, or possibly an African-American theater; least likely possibility would be the original name of the Kinston Plaza Cinema. Does anybody know anything about this theater?

NightHawk1 on June 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

The Oasis Theatre now has its own listing on Cinema Treasures, so it may be a different theater from the Center and Carolina theaters. Perhaps the Center and Carolina were the same theater?

NightHawk1 on June 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

The Center Theatre is most likely an AKA for either the Oasis Theatre at 106 S. Queen Street or the Carolina Theatre, possibly at 102 S. Queen Street (two doors north of the Oasis).

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