Carolina Theatre

130-132 S. Lafayette Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: New Princess Theatre

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New Princess Theatre Program

The New Princess Theatre was opened in 1917. This theater was showing silent films in 1924-1925. By 1941 it had been renamed Carolina Theatre, and continued to operate until 1960. It was converted into a Woolworths store.

Contributed by Bruce Calvert

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CSWalczak on October 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

There is a photo of the interior of the Princess at the bottom of this webpage.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2012 at 4:58 am

The caption of a photo on page 40 of Cleveland County People and Places, by Barry E. Hambright and U. L. Patterson (Google Books preview) says that the Princess Theatre was built in 1917 and was later known as the Carolina Theatre. It was closed in 1960 and the building converted into a Woolworth store.

The aerial photo shows that the theater was in the block south of the town square, which is now the 200 block, so Shelby must have renumbered its blocks at some point. I can’t tell from satellite view if any part of the building is still there or not, but there’s certainly no sign of the fly tower.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

The modern address of the Carolina Theatre’s location would be 230-232 Lafayette Street.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on October 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I have a program from the New Princess Theatre from October, 1925 at the Silent Film Still Archive.

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