1513 N. Quaker Lane,
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Previously operated by: Neighborhood Theatres
Styles: Colonial Revival
The Centre Theatre adjoined the Fairlington Shopping Center. The Centre Theatre was built in 1945 and torn down in June 1986 when Lindsay Cadillac made way for a new Cadillac lot. There was an old school pizza joint called Mabel’s which was next to the center complete with old jukeboxes at each table.
The Centre Theatre was a good sized single screen theatre, designed by architect John Eberson, with A.O. Budina as associate architect. It was almost identical to the Glebe/Dominion Theatre in Arlington, VA.
By the late-1970’s early-1980’s they showed second runs of mainstream films for reduced prices. The balcony was closed off at this point and the screen was a bit beaten up as I recall. The Centre Theatre was closed in 1985.
I can’t seem to find much online but it was definitely a nice theatre in it’s day. As a youth I really liked it, even though it was a bit run down.
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