Anson/Wadesboro Community Theatre

112 S. Rutherford Street,
Wadesboro, NC 28170

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Previously operated by: Stewart and Everett

Functions: Community Arts Center

Previous Names: Ansonia Theatre, New Ansonia Theatre

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The Ansonia Theatre was opened in 1925. In 2006 Wadesboro mounted a campaign to renovate the long closed Ansonia Theatre to create a performing arts center for the city. The triangular marquee has a great stylized “A” wrappping around the sides.

It reopened as a community theatre in 2011.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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raysson on July 6, 2008 at 9:12 pm

The last picture show that played at the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro was a Will Smith flick “Bad Boys II” that played to a capacity crowd that evening. The Ansonia was in desperate need of repair and it looked like this was the end of a grand movie palace that served its community very well(the people of Anson County not to mention the counties of Richmond,Stanly and its neighbors over in the communities of Chesterfield,SC-Marlboro County). The theatre will be renovated and turned into a community center for the performing arts. The theatre also served as a backup for areas theatres too(such as the Richmond Plaza Cimema Twin and the Plaza Twin in Rockingham-18 miles away)

raysson on January 31, 2009 at 8:31 pm

At one time during its heyday….The Ansonia Theatre was the only moviehouse operating in town.

PatriciaCarol on February 21, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Here is link to picture from about 1963 at my flickr site:

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raysson on January 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Soon to be reopened as the Anson/Wadesboro Community Theatre,formerly the Ansonia Theatre.

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2010 at 1:48 am

Here is a photo taken during restoration:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Goodluck,Ansonia Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

In the early seventies it was called the NEW ANSONIA THEATRE.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

“HALLOWEEN 2” played there Rated R.According to management No one under 18.

raysson on June 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

A lot of blaxploitation movies played at the ANSONIA too during the early to mid-1970’s. I fondly remember seeing “DOLEMITE” on the same triple bill as “COOLEY HIGH”,and “CORNBREAD,EARL AND ME”. The following week in July of 1975,the ANSONIA played another double bill with “THREE THE HARD WAY” and “TRUCK TURNER”.

Patsy on February 6, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Just learned of this theatre while at the Center Theatre 75th birthday party in Monroe NC…David Nelms and Nathan Hopper are restoring it.

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