1427 E. Morehead Street,
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The 900-seat Center Theatre was built by H.B. Meiselman Theaters in 1948 and opened on October 7, 1948 with the film “The Saxon Charm” starring Robert Montgomery. As a neighborhood theatre it seldom got the blockbusters the downtown theatres showed. It specialized in smaller action films and black films of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1960’s it was own by the Eastern Federal chain. In March of 1977 it closed, it’s future unsure.
Kermit High, a local manager of several other theatres, renovated and re-opened the Center Theatre in August 1977. Sometime in the early-1980’s the theatre was destroyed to build a small strip mall, which was destroyed in 2004 for the construction of a greenway.
The exterior was a wonderful funky Art Deco style. The theatre was located on the edge of the Myers Park neighborhood, across from the Charlotte Memoral Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center). A twelve story doctors building used to be across the street. As I child I remember looking out a 12th story window down onto E. Morehead Street when I visited the eye doctor. There was the Center Theatre. I don’t miss the medical building, which has also been demolished, but I do miss the Center Theatre.
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