Lumina Theatre

Lumina Avenue,
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

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Architects: Henry E. Bonitz

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Lumina Theatre

Opened in June 1904, the Lumina Entertainment complex screened movies on a screen installed in the surf above the waves. It stopped screening movies in 1930 when silent movies were phased out. The Lumina Pavilion was damaged by Hurricane Hazell in 1954. It was demolished in May 1973.

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

The screen was 50 feet from the beach.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

According to this page at DocSouth, Lumina began showing movies in July, 1905, and appears to have ceased its movie operation in 1930. The entire venue was designed by local architect Henry E. Bonitz.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 28, 2021 at 8:06 am

The Lumina Pavilion opened in june 1940(hear the last stop on the local tram line(closed in 1940?)). The Lumina Pavilion was damaged in 1954 by huricane Hazel(may have closed before then in the early 1950’s?. Demolished in may 1973(along with the screen?). The site is now condominiums. Smallest movie screen in the World?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 28, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Corection, the Lumina Pavilion opened in june 1904, not 1940.

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