Centre Theatre

1513 N. Quaker Lane,
Alexandria, VA 22302

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Previously operated by: Neighborhood Theatres

Architects: A.O. Budina, John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Centre Theatre.  Alexandria, VA

The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built in 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s which was next to the center complete with old jukeboxes at each table.

The Centre Theatre was a good sized single screen theatre, designed by architect John Eberson, with A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was almost identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in Arlington, VA.

By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed second runs of mainstream films for reduced prices. The balcony was closed off at this point and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall. The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.

I can’t seem to find much online but it was definitely a nice theatre in it’s day. As a youth I really liked it, even though it was a bit run down.

Contributed by Adam

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

atmos on February 15, 2008 at 3:35 am

I am pretty sure this theatre was designed by John Eberson in association with A O Budina.

bobc007 on July 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

The Centre was operated by Neighborhood Theatres. A.O. Budina designed many of their theatres. I was a projectionist at the Centre during the mid-1970s.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm

1966/`67 photo added courtesy of Burks Hunt.

Soundman176 on April 24, 2020 at 11:55 am

I removed the equipment from the Centre Theatre and turned the keys over to the Lindsay Cadillac GM. An interesting note, it cost more to demolish the building than it did to build due to asbestos removal.

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