Clemson Theater

364 College Avenue,
Clemson, SC 29631

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Clemson Theater

The Clemson Theater was the first theater in the town of Clemson. It was located in the heart of downtown Clemson. The theater closed sometime in the middle 1970s as it was replaced by the more modern Astro theater down the road. During the brief time that its operation overlapped with the new Astro, the Clemson theater showed unrated or X rated flicks.

The old theater is now being used as a college apparal store. The interior was not significantly altered, and it is easy to tell that it was once a theater. The original marquee still remains.

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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on December 31, 2005 at 9:20 am

A picture of this theater is here.

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2006 at 4:08 pm

The link posted above has a series of interior and exterior photos:

fatfink on October 9, 2008 at 10:44 am

The Clemson Theater was open into the early ‘80s; the last film I can say with certainty that I saw there was THE ROAD WARRIOR in May 1982 (my father took me, even though it was in the middle of final exams for the year). Mr. York, the manager, then moved down the street to the Astro III.

paduck on July 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

I saw Tron at the Clemson Theater in the later half of 1982. That was among the last movies shown there. I’m not sure it showed “X or unrated” films prior to that. It would have been pretty unusual for such a theater to be in the downtown of a small SC town then. It would be unusual today as well. Remember, this it was within sight of the university.

The Astro III, about half a mile further down College Avenue (with three screens) put the theater out of business. The Astro was always pretty “modern” when I was a kid and I remember the small Greek statues inside. The Astro was put out of business a generation later by the big megaex theaters first in Seneca, then another out by I85 between Pendleton and Anderson.

Zoooma on August 23, 2014 at 3:16 am

Gotta love the internet… wonderful links in the comments here. :(

DavidZornig on August 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Circa 1961 photo added via Jim Mulso.

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