Pitt Theatre

509 S. Evans Street,
Greenville, NC 27834

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Plitt Theatres

Architects: Charles Collins Benton

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Pitt Theatre

A Colonial-style building, the Pitt Theatre opened in January 1935, operated by North Carolina Theatres. In later years the Pitt Theatre was operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres and finally by Plitt Southern Theatres.

This theater was destroyed by fire in August 1979 during a screening of “The Amityville Horror” starring James Brolin. A parking lot now occupies the site.

Contributed by NightHawk1

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NightHawk1 on November 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

The red bricks attached to the Hooker & Buchanan Insurance building to the right of the parking lot were part of the Pitt Theatre.

NightHawk1 on November 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

The very last movie to play at the Pitt was “The Amityville Horror”. The theatre caught fire during the end credits of the film on the second evening show.I believe the date of the fire was August 13, 1979.

NightHawk1 on July 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Tinseltoes: Thanks for the interior photo. About a year after that photo was taken the Pitt Theatre was converted to CinemaScope. By 1970 the Pitt’s interior was modernized and the balcony concealed following desegregation.

NightHawk1 on March 5, 2013 at 3:14 am

The seat count given above was for the Pitt Theatre prior to its modernization circa 1970, when the balcony was closed and concealed.

nbcswjb on June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

I was there with a date that night. The show stopped just before the finale and the manager came out and told everyone to use the exit at the left of the screen. We walked to the front from a side ally and the roof was already spilling smoke. About a half hour later the whole thing was engulfed. We stayed until about 3:00 am and watched it burn to the ground. To this day I’ve never seen the end of the Amityville Horror.

Kris4077 on March 31, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Picture from the 1957 ECU yearbook at link below:


Kris4077 on March 31, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Another picture from the 1960 ECU yearbook:


davidcoppock on April 2, 2019 at 5:43 am

Was it known how the fire started? What is the carpark used for?

DavidZornig on September 24, 2022 at 10:42 am

The parking lot is reserved parking for a complex called The Lofts On 5th Apartments, whose rear entrance as well as the entrance to Crossbones Tavern is at the back of the lot, inside an older A frame brick structure. Both those entrances were given an address of 507 S. Evans, and a one story building built in 1928 next door to the lot, today uses the former theatre’s address of 509. I’ve added a mid `60s photo with the Pitt Theatre marquee in the background center, but it had been modernized since the 1957 yearbook photos in the 2019 comments above. The neighboring Ridgeway’s Opticians and Rexall signs are unmistakable, as well as the shoe store’s presence. Also below is a link noting Charles C. Benton Sr. as the architect, as well as confirming the address, year built and demolished status.


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