Graham Cinema

119 N. Main Street,
Graham, NC 27253

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Graham Cinema, Graham, NC - 2012

The Graham Theatre was opened in 1928 with 250 seats and was the same in 1933. It suffered a fire in 1935 and was rebuilt as a larger 777-seat movie theatre. The Graham Cinema is a huge vintage movie house of the old school, complete with balcony—one of the last old-style theaters in North Carolina that hasn’t been chopped into smaller theaters.

Contributed by Neil Morris

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scottharriger
scottharriger on September 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Excuse me, WORLD FAMOUS JOKE LINE!

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on December 26, 2010 at 2:35 am

Here is my picture from December 2010.

MIKEJOHN
MIKEJOHN on August 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE PHOTO’S OF THE INSIDE OF THE THEATRE IF ANYONE HAS ANY. LOOKS GREAT FROM THE OUTSIDE, CONSIDERING.

Patsy
Patsy on August 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Great art deco exterior facade…may have to check it out this winter.

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on February 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

Following on from ghamilton’s comment dated July 15, 2008, this cinema featured in the indie horror film “Dark Awakening”, directed by Dean C. Jones in 2014. As well as the exterior, there was a scene in the auditorium, which showed that large space off very well.

t32above
t32above on October 3, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Graham Cinema is getting a major overhaul. This was in our county paper on September 18th 2016. Recently the projector was upgraded and now they got new seats and put some of the stained glass windows back into the front of the building.

http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160918/have-new-seat

Very exciting for our town!

Patsy
Patsy on October 3, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Nice to read about stained glass being returned.

t32above
t32above on October 3, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Here is the Facebook page for the theater.

https://www.facebook.com/TheGrahamCinema/

SethG
SethG on February 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Theater was around before 1941 for sure. Found a picture pre-remodel (1938), and the building at that point was your typical semi-fancy brick front thing from the ‘20s.

SethG
SethG on September 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm

According to the NRHP listing, the theater was built in 1928. Listing also says the theater was gutted by a fire in 1935, but that doesn’t jibe with the 1938 photo I found. I suppose the auditorium could have been destroyed in the fire, and the front remodeled later?

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