Enfield Performing Arts Center

137 SE Railroad Street,
Enfield, NC 27823

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SethG on July 21, 2021 at 7:41 am

I think the ‘2 screens’ comes from listing an auditorium as one screen, and the ceremonial room as another. From photos on the web, that room has Egyptian details, and a balcony either side of the floor. Not sure which stage the huge fly tower belongs to.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2021 at 6:16 am

This PDF of the draft of the NRHP application for the Enfield Historic District says that the Masonic Lodge building was erected in 1924-1925 and was designed by the Wilson, NC architectural firm Benton & Benton (Charles Collins Benton and Frank Whitaker Benton.) The style is Classic Revival, not Art Deco. I’ve been unable to find the name under which this theater operated, but it might be in a Film Daily Yearbook or two.

Several web sites say that the theater has been dark since shortly before WWII. This raises the question: When did it have two screens?

SethG on July 20, 2021 at 5:59 pm

Name now seems to be The Enfield Performing arts center. Website is http://www.epacnc.org/. The ‘Previous Names’ is not correct, and the hokey marketing consultant name should be dropped from the listing.

Still doesn’t appear to be open. From the outside, it appears to be the typical rotting building in a dead downtown, but the photos on the website appear to show the auditorium in good condition.