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

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

RickB
RickB on September 13, 2004 at 10:50 am

Boy, the stuff you could do with a theater called the Henn. Serve chicken nuggets at the concessions…ROOSTERS and CHICKS signs on the restroom doors…Foghorn Leghorn cartoon marathons…midnight showings of “The Egg and I”…

billgrove
billgrove on March 10, 2005 at 8:30 am

I’m the new owner of the Henn. I have been a friend of the family for about 25 years. I am attempting to restore it, but it will take some time. The neon was taken out about 10 years ago, but the power supplies are still in place, and I would like to restore it as well. Anyway, I will try and get some pics to upload to the site for you.

Bill Grove

billgrove
billgrove on August 23, 2005 at 9:30 pm

The correct address is 38 Tennessee Street, Murphy, NC 28906. We went through an e-911 readdessing a number of years ago, and many places still show the old address. I’ll check into the address in the yellow pages.

Bill

Watcher77
Watcher77 on October 31, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Bill, you bought the Henn Theater? Just when you think you’ve seen it all….

I can remember when the Henn was showing new features. That has been SO long. If anyone can get that place back in working order, it’s you. Best of luck!

  • Russ
billgrove
billgrove on October 31, 2005 at 6:04 pm

Well thanks, Russ! I have already added new seats, new screen, new air conditioning, new carpet and expanded the concession area! I’m having a lot of fun with it. Hope to see you down there!

Bill

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 4, 2008 at 1:59 am

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

billgrove
billgrove on March 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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.

Bill

rivest266
rivest266 on November 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Still open, but their website is not right.

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