Center Theater

138 Sunset Avenue,
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

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Previously operated by: North Carolina Theatres

Architects: Erle G. Stillwell

Styles: Atmospheric

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Center Theater

I remember this theater being open as a kid. My fondest memory is riding by and seeing the marquee. Around and under the marquee were chasing lights. It was just a basic brick building with the theater name above the marquee.

Opened on June 12, 1937, it was closed in 1979, and demolished in 1991

Contributed by William Andersen

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Patsy on July 25, 2006 at 1:11 am

This theatre sounded very quaint in a quaint NC community. It being art deco made it very special, imo, and now it is gone forever like so many others.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2006 at 6:51 pm

I don’t see a listing for a drive-in theater in Rocky Mount, but I did find this haunting image of some long gone and derilect drive-in screen and speaker stand overtaken by weeds and the ravages of time. Anyone know what this might have been?

atmos on December 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

This theatre was an atmospheric and opened 12 June 1937.The architect was Erle G. Stillwell and the address was 138 Sunset Avenue.

Bevo on April 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

To Ed Solero

I worked at the Center thru high school (1956-60) and HF Kincey also owned a drive-in there name Tower. Your photo may be the Tower or the other local drive-in, Skyvue. To the best of my knowledge, those were the only drive-ins in town.

dsavage on May 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

To Bevo: I worked at the Center Theatre from 1965 through college until 1971. It was a great place to work. I cannot get the picture of the Center you posted from the late 80’s to come open. Could you please send it to my email address . Thank you.

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