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Chatham County Historical Association

Preserving and sharing the history of Chatham County North Carolina

Elder Theater ~ Siler City

28 Nov 2021 8:53 PM | Chatham Historical Museum (Administrator)

Elder Theater, Siler City, early 1950s. 

The Elder Theater opened March 27, 1939. It was on the north side of East Raleigh between street numbers 109 and 117. The first film shown was "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Admission as 25 cents -- 10 cents for kids under 13. The building was removed after being seriously damaged in a fire in March of 1963. From Wade Hadley's The Town of Siler City: 1887-1987.

The segregated balcony is a sign of the times and a part of our history that is not often documented.

Thanks to Duane Hall for contributing this photo from his Siler City collection.

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