Davis Theatre

200 N. Sterling Street,
Morganton, NC 28655

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Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Photography Studio, Retail

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Alva Theatre

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Davis Theatre

The Alva Theatre is remarkably intact and a wonderful example of Spanish Colonial style architecture both inside and out. The marquee still hangs over the entrance and is being used to advertise the current retail tenant.

The auditorium has been adapted for a photography studio and store. The seats have been removed but the decorative ceiling and walls are in great shape. Even the small balcony remains. The sign outside says the Alva Theatre was open as a theatre from 1929 to 1951.

In 1955 it was renamed Davis Theatre.

The theater is a great example of an adaptive reuse and is one of the best buildings in Morganton’s quaint downtown.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Here is the website for the current occupant:

Patsy on January 20, 2010 at 3:02 am

I plan to see this former theatre/photography studio on Friday.

Patsy on January 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

Trip was canceled, but plans to see this former theatre are still on my winter docket.

Patsy on January 26, 2010 at 2:56 am

On the 1984 photo it reads Morgantown and it should read Morganton.

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