THE HENRY GUTHRIE MOVING PICTURE HOUSE

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THE HENRY GUTHRIE MOVING PICTURE HOUSE

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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
circa 1916
/ Demolished in
circa 1930
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

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  • Mon, 01/18/2021 - 1:19pm by SteveR

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,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
circa 1916
/ Demolished in
circa 1930
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

 

Henry "Buddy" Guthrie operated this movie theater. It was built circa 1916 and operated until 1924; its demise may have been due to that it was "under suspicion of being conducted improperly and a menace to public morals" by the town (Willie Williams was likely hanging out in front of this theater location on November 15, 1924, when he was stabbed in the neck and killed by Fred Johnson), and also may have lost customers to newer theaters.

Excerpt of 1925 Sanborn map ("Hall Colored")

The building was demolished by the early 1930s. The building was located approximately where Chapel Hill Cleaners is currently located.

 

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