1427 East Morehead Street,
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The Center Theater was built in 1948 and opened with the film “The Saxon Charm” with Susan Hayworth. As a neighborhood theater is seldom got the blockbusters the downtown theaters showed. It specialized in smaller action films and black films of the 1960s and 1970s. In March of 1977 it closed, it’s future unsure.
Kermit High, a local manager of several other theaters, renovated and re-opened the Center Theater in August of that year. Sometime in the early-1980’s the theater was destroyed to build a small strip mall, which was destroyed in 2004 for the construction of a greenway. In the 1960’s the Center Theater was owned by the Eastern Federal chain.
The exterior was a wonderful funky Art Deco style. The theater 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 East Morehead Street when I visited the eye doctor. There was the Center Theater. I don’t miss the medical building, which has also been demolished, but I do miss the Center Theater.
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