Henn Theater

38 Tennessee Street,
Murphy, NC 28908

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The Henn Theater first opened in 1934 and has been family owned ever since. Of the 23 theaters operated by P.J. Henn, this is the only one of two that survived the Great Depression. It has been at its current location since 1941.

On March 16, 2009, the Henn Theatre was damaged by a fire. The main auditorium and front of house sustained only smoke damage, but the stage and back stage areas were considerably damaged, putting the movie theatre out of use for a while. It reopened in May 2009.

Contributed by Bill Grove, Richard Meer

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2007 at 6:53 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Henn Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Here is another view of the Henn Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm

A 2008 photo can be seen here.

kencmcintyre on October 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

If it was being restored in October 2005, wouldn’t the work be done by now?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 4, 2008 at 6:08 am

Sometimes it takes years.

billgrove on March 16, 2009 at 9:19 am

Yes, unfortunately it’s true. Some kids got into my fan house on top of the building and either intentionally or negligently set the fire, which burned a hole through the floor, dropped to the stage, and ignited the stage. It burned most of the stage, the screen, the curtains around the screen and some of the speakers. The smoke did the most damage. We are having to pull out all of the curtains, the carpets, the ceilings and much of the other things in the theater. We are trying to clean the seats. Luckily, I did have insurance, so they are working to get it repaired as quickly as possible.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Movies are being shown again at the Henn Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Here are two more 1983 photos:



rivest266 on November 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

Still open, but their website is not right.

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