April 13,1949: Winston Theatre Opens

Winston Theatre     BR.00073.1

The Winston Theatre opened on this day in 1949.  Located at 635 West Fourth Street, the Winston Theatre was designed by well-known theatre architect Earle Stillwell of Henderson, North Carolina.  It was built by Twin City Theatre Corporation, and named for General Joseph Winston.

The opening attraction was “Kiss in the Dark,” starring Jane Wyman and David Niven.  Admission prices were 38-cents for the matinee, 50-cents for the evening feature, and 9-cents for children.  No, this is not a misprint!

The modern theatre seated 1,000 people and featured the latest look in carpeting and lighting.  It was planned to be a first run theatre, with tasteful design and graceful lines.

The theatre was remodeled in 1968, with a new projection system and screen, new furnishings, and opening with the movie “Barbarella.”

The theatre closed in 1981.  The building was renovated by City Center West Partnership to become a complex of office buildings.

Photos courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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