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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weekend Reflections - The Historic Earle Theatre Mayberry


The Earle Theatre was built in 1938 by the partnership of Earl Q. Benbow and Percy A. Boone.

The theatre gained considerable national attention when it was selected to present the premiere of Shirley Temple’s film “Just Around the Corner” in 1938. On March 22, 1940, the EARLE hosted one of the southern premieres of “Gone With the Wind”. In 1958, the premiere of “A Face in the Crowd,” Andy Griffith’s first movie, was featured at the EARLE.

The $1 ticket for Gone With The Wind ruffled more local feathers than Clark Gable’s parting words. Tickets returned to a more reasonable range, 9-11 cents for children’s matinees, and 13-17 cents for others.

Linking with Weekend Reflections
and
Weekly Top Shot #78

12 comments:

  1. That's a perfect place to catch a historical reflecion... Well done !

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  2. The B&W is very nice!!

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  3. I guess a dollar was a lot of money in 1940! My how times have changed. :)

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  4. can you get any more perfect southern names than earl benbow and percy boone? just sayin'... :)

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  5. cents? are you kidding me? wow =)

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  6. I really miss the old theater that we had in my small town. It was there when I was a kid, but times have changed and everyone wants to run to the nearest bigger city so it had to close a few years back. Nicely done on catching the reflections!

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  7. I am really enjoying flipping back through all of your photos from Mt. Airy. They are such fun to see. I have gatta take Buddy there. He knows every show from memory and we still watch every night at 5:30. Wouldn't miss it for anything. genie

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  8. Awesome black and white shot.

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  9. Very nice! Love it in black and white, too!

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  10. Great image, makes one forget about time, just as does music.

    Please have you all a good new week ahead.

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  11. $1 tickets ruffling feathers? Those were the days, haha! Terrific b&w picture!

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  12. Fine image and story of this historic theater. Thank you for the post.

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