Grand Theatre

127 S. Main Street,
Marion, NC 28752

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Functions: Office Space

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The Grand Theatre was opened in April 1914, operated by R.C. Davis. It was closed in 1920 and was replaced by the Oasis Theatre (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

Building still standing as Realty Group 1.

Contributed by David Zornig

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2022 at 11:43 pm

Mentioned in the trade journals a few times in the late 1910s simply as the Grand Theatre, and advertised as such in the weekly Marion Progress, this house closed in October, 1920, replaced by its owners with the new Oasis Theatre. The original owner of the house, R. C. Davis, had operated a Grand Theatre at Shelby before opening the Marion house.

The April 30, 1914 issue of the Progress said that Davis had rented the storefront next door to the newspaper’s office and expected to have the new theater open within “a few days.” The first ad I’ve found for the Grand, showing the six-reel production “The Last Days of Pompeii” appeared in the May 21 issue of the Progress, which said the showing was scheduled for the following night.

Marion had one earlier movie theater, called the Savoy, opened on January 27, 1912. It was the only house listed at Marion in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, but it might have closed even before the Grand opened, as the last mention of it I’ve found in the newspaper was on February 26, 1914.

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