Imperial Theatre

32 Patton Avenue,
Asheville, NC 28801

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Imperial Theatre, Asheville, NC in 1926 - Lobby display

The Imperial Theatre was one of Asheville’s leading first run theatres. It opened January 2, 1922. It closed in the late-1970’s. A vacant lot is all that’s left.

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raysson on September 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

From the Asheville Citizen ad from December 25,1974:

NOW PLAYING: “Is Just As Exciting And Far More Ambitious Than The First "Godfather”

Exclusive First-Run Asheville Showing!!! No Passes!!!
With Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Robert De Niro

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

February 7,1975….. The Movie That Ended The Godfather Part II run….. “W.W. AND THE DIXIE DANCEKINGS”-First Run Showing!!! With Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Connie Van Dyke Rated “PG”

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

February 28,1975….NOW at the Imperial Theatre…. The movie that replaced the “DIXIE DANCEKINGS” after more than three weeks is “FLESH GORDON”[Rated X-No One Under 18 Admitted]

“DIXIE DANCEKINGS” moved to the Starlite Drive-In at Tunnel Road…

March 7, 1975…NOW at the Imperial Theatre…. First-Run Showing with Sean Connery in THE TERRORISTS

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

Friday April 18,1975….NOW SHOWING!!! First Run!!! The movie that has the lines around the block…No wonder this was 1974’s funniest movie…YOU BET IT IS! “MEL BROOKS' BLAZING SADDLES” Rated R

raysson on September 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

Friday June 6, 1975….NOW at the Imperial First-Run! “MANDINGO” with James Mason,Susan George & Perry King and introducing Ken Norton as Mede!!

raysson on December 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA played here as the exclusive Asheville showing on October 3, 1963.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

AT least AUGUSTA was smart enough to save three downtown theatres….OUR IMPERIAL lives with shows….

rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 2:19 am

January 1st, 1922 grand opening ad in photo section. It opened on the next day.

DavidZornig on July 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm

“Thunder Road” premiere 1958, image added via Steve Wilson.

Fotomac on January 3, 2021 at 1:29 am

The screen was supplied by Raven Screen Company of New York. That said, how big was it?

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