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National Theatre

Photo from the RW Daniel collection
311 S Elm St
Greensboro NC

Demolished 1967
Record #18735  
 Opened: November 23, 1921
 Closed: December 22, 1966
 Demolished: 1967
Capacity: 1406 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: State
 Previously operated by: Wilby-Kincey Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by RW Daniel.

As I remember it when growing up, there were no permanent seats in the boxes; you had to take your own cane-back chair with you! Just visible on the upper left is where the rear-most box joined the mezzanine. Above that was the balcony, which in those days was for "colored" patrons. The projection booth was at the rear of the mezzanine, and situated so low that frequently patrons would cross in front of the projection beam.

I don't know if the National was ever air-conditioned, but if so, it wasn't working when I attended during the summer. They had huge fans blowing on the audience, and after a movie you felt like you had "wind burn".

The organ was a Robert Morton 2/6, upgraded to Robert Morton 2/8 just before the Carolina Theatre opened in 1927 (probably to retain bragging rights to a larger organ).

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Photos from the RW Daniel collection.

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