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Gerard S. Cohen
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Forest Hills, NY, USA
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I'm writing for help in piecing together a puzzle. I'm searching for a
source of information on the growth of movie theaters in NorthCarolina
from 1900 - 1943. I've left messages with a number of IATSE offices in NC as well as the main headquarters in NY but haven't heard back from anyone yet.
I was wondering if you knew a projectionist or historian through the
association of movie equipment collectors who might be familar with the growth of motion picture theaters in North Carolina.
I would appreciate any information that you can offer.

Best regards,
Karen Glynn
karen_m_glynn@valkyrie.oit.duke.edu

This letter was forwarded to me by Alan Kattelle, founder of The Movie Machine Society, historian and and author of the book Home Movies <www.homemoviehistory.com> who wrote, "The attached message is from a pleasant young woman who has a masters in Library Science and last I knew was looking for a film archivist's job..."

I hope readers can help Karen with her request.--Gerard

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Scott D. Neff
Theatre Dork

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From: San Francisco, CA
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Check out www.cinematour.com Any information their is definitely a good start. I wish I had more to offer -- but unfortunately I've never travelled to the Carolinas.

If you needed Northern Calfornia history -- I could do my best.

Good luck.

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Bob Maar
(Maar stands for Maartini)


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From: New York City & Newport, RI
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North Carolina the only state that I had to write out my own speeding ticket, I was pulled over and the trooper handed me the ticket book and said " you write down, what I say" and I wrote my own ticket.

March-1968 Trans-Lux Inflight Cine 350 Seats Kinston NC Single Screen

June 1968 Trans-Lux Inflight Twin Charlotte,NC 2 350 seat auditoriums

September 68 Trans-Lux Inflight Cine 359 Seats - Kannapolis NC

November 68 Trans-Lux Inflight Cine High Point NC 350 Seats

January 69 Trans Lux Inflight Greensboro NC 350 Seats

All these were opened with Norelco FP 16's and later converted to 35mm


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Freddie Dobbs
Expert Film Handler

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Shaver Sound Service has been working there for years
+1 (704) 932-7069

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Adam Martin
I'm not even gonna point out the irony.

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Thanks for the plug, Scott, but I haven't researched NC back that far, yet.

She might be able to get some starter info from NATO, though.

If she likes to drive city directories are usually where I start, then on to newspaper ads. Both available at main libraries.

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Ken Layton
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Theater organ societies are another place to try as well as local historical musuems/organizations.

Local commercial photographers that have been in business for a long time usually have real photographs of these old theaters in their archives.



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Randy Stankey
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Don't forget the CAROLINA THEATRE in downtown Greensboro.
It is a historic building.

They still run movies every month or so. I have been to the site but I haven't had the chance to pay them a proper visit.

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Mitchell Dvoskin
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You should try contacting the Theatre Historical Society. They have an archive department which has information on just about every old theatre that was ever built.
www.historictheatres.org

/Mitchell

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Gerard S. Cohen
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Karen replies:

Thanks so much for posting my query. What a network! I'll follow up the leads offered. I was hoping to find the administrative paper trail required of theater owners. I believe public entertainment establishments had to have an operating license. I would think that cities and maybe states kept track of the number of licenses as it was a revenue source. Off I go to track it down. Karen

<karen_m_glynn@valkyrie.oit.duke.edu>

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Bruce McGee
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From: Asheville, NC USA... Nowhere in Particular.
Registered: Aug 1999


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In Asheville, NC we had the following theatres:

Downtown:

Plaza (razed)
Imperial (razed, 1978)
Majestic (razed)
Strand (razed)
Paramount (burned)
Fine Arts (this one is still here and under new management)

West Asheville:

Isis (bldg. is still there)

Drive-Ins: (all gone.)

Starlite Drive In Theatre
Dreamland (last to close)
The Park (Our only paved drive-in)
West Asheville Drive In (closed 1972)

Whats here now are non-descript Regals, UA's, and Carmikes.


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