Fine Arts Theatre

36 Biltmore Avenue,
Asheville, NC 28801

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 23, 2013 at 4:23 am

Chuck 1231 I think the Asheville film festival is in Oct. It was last year. A note this theater has started showing slides, but still use the curtains about 5 minutes before the start of a film and at the end of a film. Very nice compromise.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Theater was converted to digitall the first week of August.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

It will be interesting to see if this theater will add digital projection or fold. I hope they invest and add the digital.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2012 at 5:37 am

Patsy, there was an earlier Strand Theatre in Asheville, from 1915 to about 1935, but it was on Patton Avenue. It was renamed the State Theatre in the 1930s.

Patsy
Patsy on March 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Was the Strand originally on College?

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The theatre is independently owned.

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

In the mid 90’s I was involved in the installation of the new projection and sound equipment for the renovation of the theatre. The interior was completely removed and replaced with new seating, lobby and updated restrooms. A new projection room was added for the main auditorium while the existing booth was used for the balcony auditorium. A stage was added to the main auditorium for live performance events. Stage curtains were implemented in both auditoriums.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Jan 6 1980 NOW PLAYING is “MYSTIQUE” and “DUTCH GIRLS” All Films X- rated.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

NOW SHOWING FINE ARTS Jan 13 1980

EXOTIC FRENCH FANTASIES plus PEACH FUZZ. no one under 18 admitted. Admission $4.00 Couples $6.00 and get this written on the ad in the Ashville paper,,,, MALES AND FEMALES only as couples.

ADULT FILM LADIES WELCOME. Box office opens at 12;45 continuous shows from 1p.m. til 10;45 p.m. WOW. This town that let Ashville’s IMPERIAL be torn down, for THE FINE ARTS i would be afraid to sit in a seat there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm

And from Boxoffice on October 26, 1946: “Printed invitations were sent by H.B. Meiselman and Phil Berler for the opening of the new Strand Theatre at Asheville on Thursday, October 24, reported to have been a successful affair.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

From an article about Meiselman Theatres in the October 27, 1945, issue of Boxoffice: “Meiselman also announced a contract for the construction of the Strand Theatre on Biltmore Ave. at Eagle St. had been let to the Merchant Construction Company. He expressed the hope that the theatre will be ready for a New Year’s opening. The house will have 800 seats, with a 300-seat balcony set aside for Negroes.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Here are two more 1983 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

NCJames
NCJames on January 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

An amazing comeback from the porno haven it once was.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 3, 2008 at 9:02 am

A 2008 photo can be seen here.

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 25, 2008 at 6:55 am

A 1986 view of the Fine Arts Theater in Asheville.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2008 at 6:55 pm

That photo is from around 2005.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm

This was owned by E. M. Loew’s of Boston. It was the only theatre owned by E. M. Loew’s (no relations with Loew’s) in the state.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Fine Arts Theater.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 28, 2007 at 12:02 am

The Strand Theatre is listed with a seating capacity of 800 in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2006 at 6:23 am

This is the website for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2006 at 3:40 am

Here is a recent night view of the Fine Arts Theater.