Winston Theatre

641-643 W. Fourth Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, North Carolina Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc., Plitt Theatres, Wilby-Kincey

Architects: Erle G. Stillwell

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Winston Theater, 641 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem NC

The Winston Theatre was located in downtown Winston-Salem on West 4th Street. It was opened on April 13, 1949 with David Niven & Jane Wyman in “Kiss in the Dark”. It was operated by the Twin City Theatre Corporation (North Carolina Theatres Inc.). The fa├žade of the building has now been remodeled and the former theatre converted into office space.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

atmos on March 15, 2010 at 4:07 am

Theatre opened 13 April 1949 with 999 seats and the architect was Erle G Stillwell.It was located at 641-3 West Fourth Street.

Arby on April 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I went with high school friends to 2001: A Space Odyssey on a Friday or Saturday night. We were lucky to get in and had to sit in the first row. Wow!

raysson on November 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

Not only did “The Sound Of Music” played here during its 44-week roadshow engagement between 1965 and 1966…..

But A Lot of Great Movies Played To Record Crowds at the Winston Theatre……. From “Ben-Hur”, to “Spartacus”,to “How The West Was Won” “West Side Story”-played here in October of 1962 “Lawrence of Arabia”-Opened at the Winston on 8-22-1963 “2001: A Space Odyssey”-in 1969

raysson on November 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

“West Side Story” played at the Winston Theatre on October 17,1962 as a Exclusive Engagement.

“Lawrence of Arabia” played at the Winston Theatre on August 22,1963 was also a Exclusive Engagement Showing.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on July 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Does this theater still exist? I’ve been trying to find it on Google Earth, but there’s nothing on 4th Street remotely like it.

ImagoTwist on March 4, 2013 at 6:07 am

Re. Bill’s question: The theater closed sometime in the early 80’s if memory serves. The building was not demolished, but it was converted to office space. It is the white building directly across the street from Foothills Brewery.

Mmandarano on September 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Added a photo of the location as it is seen today. Using what others have said above and the location of the street lamp and parking meter from the 1981 photo, it should be accurate.

raysson on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

Imago Twist, Mmandarano:

The Winston Theatre closed in 1981 under Plitt Southern Theatres. The building was not demolished but was converted into an office space and retail establishment.


1949-1971 Paramount/North Carolina Theatres/Wilby-Kincey Entertainment Corporation

1971-1978 ABC Southeastern Theatres

1978-1981 Plitt Southern Theatres

raysson on July 23, 2014 at 11:26 am

A lot of first-run Reserved Seat Engagements played here at the Winston Theatre…..

From it’s 44-week run of “The Sound of Music”

To “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Camelot”, “Hello Dolly”,

“Paint Your Wagon”…just to name a few.

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