Fine Arts Theatre

36 Biltmore Avenue,
Asheville, NC 28801

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rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

December 13th, 1996 grand opening ad also in the photo section.

rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

October 24th, 1946 grand opening ad as Strand as well as the June 8th, 1962 grand opening as Fine Arts in the photo section.

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 on August 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Theater was converted to digitall the first week of August.

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 on March 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Was the Strand originally on College?

canibfrankwithyou on September 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The theatre is independently owned.

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


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.

NCJames on January 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

An amazing comeback from the porno haven it once was.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 25, 2008 at 6:55 am

A 1986 view of the Fine Arts Theater in Asheville.

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.

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.

kencmcintyre on March 4, 2006 at 8:35 am

Sorry, wrong theater. I posted the link in the Waynesville listing.

ncmark on February 22, 2006 at 10:22 am

I love this theater and I think it’s the best movie going experience in the Carolinas. I like that it’s independently owned and operated with a great selection of art films. They sell beer and wine along with the regular concession fare and it has a great urban setting. Although it’s not ornate or large it is architecturally charming and well maintained. The staff is hip and it looks like they actually enjoy working there. I like lining up on the city sidewalks beforehand and spilling out onto a vibrant street scene afterwards.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 29, 2006 at 6:59 am

I am a big theater fan but I totally dislike this theater. They will not sell advance tickets. They sell tickets 30 min prior to showtime. To see Brokeback MOuntain I had to arrive 75 minutes early to wait in a long line. I got in and got seats but was so frustared that I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I could. I am going back to the UA Beaucatcher Thursday to see it. It has hit all the main stream theaters here including the new Epic in Hendersonville. They said they did very well with it Friday night and early Sat. Do you live in Asheville? If so email me Mikearden1 Just put Cinema Treasures on the subject line so I don’t deleted you as spam.

Patsy on January 27, 2006 at 3:19 am

I’m surprised that the name Strand was changed and even more surprised that the community of Asheville would have had a porno theater! Thank goodness that is NOT the case today!