Loray Theatre

1225 W. Franklin Boulevard,
Gastonia, NC 28052

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The Loray Theatre was opened in 1921. It was still open in 1943, but had closed by 1950.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Reggie Hicks

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

DocSouth’s “Going to the Show” lists two addresses for the Loray Theatre, and neither of them is 1225 W. Franklin. One Loray Theatre operated from around 1921 to around 1927 at 1230 W. Franklin, DocSouth says, and another operated at 1212 W. Franklin beginning around 1930. The house at 1230 had 200 seats, but no capacity is listed for the one at 1212.

To add further complication, a 1910 city directory lists the Loray Theatre at 1228 W. Franklin, but this might have been the same theater that was operating 1921-1927.

The Loray Theatre that was at 1212 W. Franklin was remodeled and enlarged in 1935 and was renamed the Carolina Theatre, according to the September 12 issue of The Gastonia Gazette. DocSouth doesn’t list the Carolina Theatre. Both buildings occupied by the Loray Theatre have been demolished.

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