Dixie Theater

606 S. Main Street,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

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Undated photo as Table Supply, courtesy of the Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, NC 1887-2003 Facebook page.

This was a theater during the 1940’s and 1950’s in Kannapolis. It became a grocery store for many years and was still recognizable as a theater. It was located on South Main Street in Kannapolis, just south of the Loop Road Southern underpass.

Demolished in Summer, 2006.

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eagleart on May 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm

I uploaded a photo of the Dixie to my website since we still can’t do it here. Enjoy. View link

eagleart on May 19, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Sorry, my website got wiped out. I will upload another photo when I get the chance.

eagleart on October 23, 2007 at 12:26 am

Here’s a link to the building they tore down, and is still a vacant lot after a year. Go progress!

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Thomas2 on December 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm

If First Charter builds … I hope that they put a painting or photo of the Dixie on display. It would be so appreciated.

I thank everyone for the photos shared here.

kencmcintyre on June 10, 2008 at 3:32 am

Looks like status should be closed/demolished. The Dixie closed as a theater on May 31, 1957.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

The December 17, 1938, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the new Dixie Theatre in Kannapolis was nearing completion and would be opened in January.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2009 at 5:21 am

Additionally, from Boxoffice Magazine, February 5, 1938: At Kannapolis, N.C., the Cannon towel interests are erecting a new theatre to replace the YMCA structure, destroyed by fire recently, and in addition are opening a new house for colored trade. These ventures will give Kannapolis four houses, three maintained by the Cannon interests, the fourth, the Colonial, on the outskirts of town, is a pretentious house offering competition from Morris Legendre and associates…."

The Dixie was supposed to open by May, 1938, but a later issue of Boxoffice reveals that a shortage of materials delayed its completion.

Could the “house for colored trade” mentioned in the article have been the Palace?

kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Here is the Dixie when it was open

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Thomas2 on September 20, 2009 at 2:57 am

Ken, I am so grateful for the Dixie photo. Thank you. This is a wonderful way to share information and encourage memories.

DavidZornig on August 23, 2017 at 4:46 am

Undated photo as Table Supply added, courtesy of the Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, NC 1887-2003 Facebook page.

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