Webb Theatre

9 E. Marion Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

The building occupied by Gragg & Gragg (financial planners and accountants, not a law firm) is very modern, and doesn’t resemble, even in part, anything that would have housed a theater in the past. I’d say the building dates from no earlier than the late 1970s, and is probably even more recent. It looks like it might have been built as a bank. The Webb Theatre has surely been demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

A Webb Theatre at Shelby (perhaps this one, perhaps an earlier one) was mentioned in the 1926-1927 yearbook of Boiling Hills High School. An advertisement for the Deluxe Cafe said that it was next to the Webb Theatre.

In the 1947-1948 Shelby City Directory, Pete Webb is listed as manager of the Webb Theatre. Pete Webb and his brother Fred achieved some fame in the 1920s and 1930s as professional golfers. An annual golf tournament held in Cleveland County is named for Pete Webb, who died in 2003 at the age of 90.

The February 9, 1952, issue of The Billboard ran an obituary for William H. Webb, 51, who it said was the owner of theaters in Shelby, Gastonia, and Kings Mountain, NC.

Cinema Treasures has a Webb Theatre listed in Gastonia, but no house of that name in Kings Mountain. Perhaps the Webbs didn’t use the family name for that house.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on July 28, 2012 at 4:21 am

Actually, the law firm is Gragg & Gragg.