Clay Theatre

419 E. Main Street,
Clayton, NC 27520

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The Clay Theatre was open in the late-1930’s with seating listed at 350. Closed in the mid to late-1950’s.

Any additional information on the Clay Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I’ve been unable to find a Clay Theatre in Clayton, but I did find a Clayton Theatre, operating in the 1950s at 321 E. Main Street. DocSouth’s Going to the Show lists several theaters at Clayton, but the Clay is not among them, nor is the Clayton, though two are listed as “Name Unknown”. Three are listed as being on Railroad Street, which does not appear on Google Maps. I wonder if Main Street used to be called Railroad Street?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

The Clayton looks like it would have been built in the 1950s. I wonder if it was a replacement for the Clay Theatre, which was about a block east?

Here is a Street View of 419 E. Main Street, since Google Maps insists on fetching a view of E. 2nd Street instead.

The 2nd Street view does show the back of the building, though, if you swing it around to the opposite side of the street from where it is currently fixed. The Clay was awfully narrow for a theater with 350 seats, and they’d have had a hard time squeezing a CinemaScope screen into that space.

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