Joy Adult Theatre

904 S. Cannon Boulevard,
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Trans-Lux Movies Corp.

Previous Names: Trans-Lux Inflight Theatre, Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema

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This was one of the last Trans-Lux Inflight Theatre’s to open in North Carolina after the successful opening of Trans-Lux Inflight Theatre’s that were being built across the state in towns like High Point, Burlington, Greensboro, Kinston, and Winston-Salem. Located in the Zayre Plaza Shopping Center right off South Cannon Boulevard between the towns of Kannapolis and Concord, the Trans-Lux Inflight Theatre was the last single screen theatre in North Carolina that opened on March 28, 1975. It had a seating capacity of 359.

Trans-Lux operated this theatre until mid-1976 when it folded and changed hands under new management when the name changed to the Cinema where it showed second-run films at discount prices.

Later on it became the notorious Joy Adult Theatre that was also under new management when the format switched from second run films to “XXX” rated features until it’s closing in 1981.

Contributed by raysson

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

raysson on September 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I have the original ads to the Trans-Lux Inflight Cinema grand opening from March 28,1975. I can be contacted at

Chris1982 on September 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

raysson, why not upload the ads to the photo section on this page?

NightHawk1 on October 8, 2014 at 2:55 am

This location opened rather late for a Trans-Lux Inflight Cine'; five years after the other North Carolina Inflight Cine’s had opened and a year after they closed their first NC theater (Kinston). The Trans-Lux Kannapolis opened about the same time as Stewart & Everett was reopening the theater (renamed Plaza Cinema) Trans-Lux had closed the previous year. I would be surprised if Trans-Lux used 16mm projection in the Kannapolis theater if it opened in 1975; 16mm flopped miserably elsewhere in 1970 (why watch 16mm projection when there was a real cinema downtown, the Gem?). Trans-Lux was out of North Carolina by 1976; all of the former Inflight Cine’s in the Piedmont (Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Kannapolis, Charlotte) were turned into pornhouses.

kenbob62 on January 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

NighHawk1 and this one was run by a real pervert…

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