Blair Theatre

132 E. Main Street,
Marshville, NC 28103

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Functions: Dance Studio, Gymnasium

Previous Names: Dixie-Jubilee Theatre

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The Blair Theatre was built by P. J. Caudell, contractor L. B. Tomlinson per "The Monroe Enquirer" on October 13, 1938, page 2. Described as having a "modernistic appearance" it was "steam heated, air-cooled" and "furnished with modern, comfortable seats". Parks Blair was the first manager. Opening feature: "Garden of the Moon" with Pat O'Brien and Margaret Lindsay.

The theatre was segregated, having a balcony for "colored people". Matinee prices were 10 and 20 cents; Evening: 10 and 25 cents. "The Home of Better Pictures" would be a later tagline in their advertisements. This theatre was destroyed by fire March 16, 1952 but was rebuilt, reopening in June of that year with a lease contracted by Carl McIlwain who would also act as manager.

Improvements were made during the rebuilding such as a larger screen ("latest type made of plastic" per "The Marshville Home", June 12, 1952, page 1). There were also plans for a future complete concession stand. By January of 1953, Irl Bivens, Jr. had purchased the theatre and also took over the management as the current manager, John Dennis Rollins, was leaving for service in the Army. ("The Marshville Home", Jan. 29, 1953, page 1) Rollins originally was the projectionist in 1952. It was closed in the mid-1950’s

Contributed by Patricia Poland

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PatriciaCarol on November 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

We still don’t know the date this theatre was torn down, however, we do know that it was still standing (closed) in April 1983.

PatriciaCarol on February 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

At some time later in the theatre’s life, it was renamed The Dixie-Jubilee (probably in the 1970s).

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