Main Theatre

801 N. Cannon Boulevard,
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

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Main Theatre

The Main Theatre opened in the early-1950’s and closed in the mid-1960’s and had a seating capacity of 594 seats. It was managed by one of my relatives Mark Sloop now deceased

Contributed by Kenneth Walter

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kenbob62 on April 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm

The building that used to be the Main is now occupied by a shoe store this is a picture of the building.

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kencmcintyre on April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Crime in Kannapolis, from the Daily Independent in February 1956:

Two Thomasville brothers who formerly lived in North Kannapolis were held in North Kannapolis jail Saturday night after they were reportedly caught stealing items of merchandise from a car parked in North Kannapolis early Saturday night. James Junior Stephens, 23, and Cletus Franklin Stephens, 18, lived on Blackwelder road before moving to Thomasville several months ago, allegedly admitted thefts from cars parked in front of the Main theater in Jackson Park and the Dixie theater on South Main street here.

Cecil Corriber of Landis told North Kannapolis officers shortly after 7 o'clock Saturday night that he came out of the Main theater and found two men removing a case of motor oil from his parked car to a nearby car belonging to them. Upon investigation he discovered other items from his car that had been transferred to the other car, he said, and while he was placing a call to police the suspects fled in their car. Corriber obtained part of the license number of the disappearing automobile, and the information was relayed to the sheriff’s office in Salisbury by radio.

Sometime later Salisbury police officers found the car parked in a “no parking” zone and, after having it towed away they became suspicious and arrested the men while they were searching for their missing car. North Kannapolis police said the men admitted the theft and told them they had stolen a quantity of tools and other items from a car parked in front of the Dixie theater earlier to the evening. Officers said the men will be served warrants and moved to the Rowan County Jail in Salisbury.

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Joe Vogel on April 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

In the December 2, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, columnist Harry Hart reported on the theater owners convention in Charlotte. One item in his report said “J.V. Dwiggins and H.M. Sloop of the Main Theatres in Kannapolis took this writer to luncheon the first day.”

The earliest mention in Boxoffice of what would become the Main Theatre appeared in the June 28, 1947, issue, which ran an item headed “600-Seat House Planned By Kannapolis Veterans,” which said that construction on the new theater, on Cannon Boulevard at Jackson, would begin in a few weeks.

Construction must have progressed very slowly, as there is nothing more about the Main Theatre until the January 28, 1950, issue of Boxoffice, where it is listed among the 761 new theaters opened in the United States during 1949.

Harry Hart visited the Main Theatre and wrote about his experience in his column in the October 21, 1950, issue of Boxoffice. In that column he mentioned P.G. Overcash, the theater’s bookkeeper; Thurmond Miller, the projectionist; and J.V. Dwiggins, vice president of the operating company. Dwiggins told Hart that “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Stars In My Crown” had been “real theater packers” for the Main.

kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

Please note when Shoe Dept opened this building they restored it inside and out. So this is not the original facade it was originally red brick. It was lot plainer in appearance much like the Dixie on S, main st.

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kenbob62 on April 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

This is an advertisment for the Main theater showing its original facade.

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Patsy on January 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

Photobucket doesn’t work so can anyone provide a photo(s)?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm

The last 2 photobucket links on 4/22/09 worked for me……

Patsy on January 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

SiliconSam: I can see the photobucket photos now and it is quite the building facade.

kenbob62 on January 20, 2010 at 7:39 am

Photobucket made some changes to their site and the top link got changed here is the new link

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