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Howell Theatre


2007 Photo from the Martin McCaffery collection
141 S Third St
Smithfield NC 27577
(919) 934-8202

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Record #5639  
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Capacity: 650 seats
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Information for this tour was contributed by Mark Cone.

The Howell Theatre was built in 1935 by Mr. Rudolph Howell as a one-screen cinema, seating approximately 600 moviegoers. It was built in the heart of downtown Smithfield, NC, becoming an integral part of the downtown business community.

In the late 1970s, the theatre underwent a major remodeling, including the conversion from a one-screen to a two-screen (balconies intact) cinema. Later, in 1986, the theatre underwent another considerable remodeling, converting the balconies of the two cinemas into two addition screens, for a total of four screens. Unlike the two lower floor auditoriums, the upper auditoriums contain stadium seating. In 1996, the ownership and operation of the Howell Theatre changed hands as Mr. Howell sold the theatre to Mr. Mickey Buffaloe. Some minor remodeling was accomplished, including the relocation of the concession bar and updating the auditorium sound systems.

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December 2007 photos from the Martin McCaffery collection.


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Photos from the Mark Cone collection.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 2/27/2010.

 
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