Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

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10 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine of segregation, "but my mother reminded me that we had to sit upstairs in the 'colored' section." Come 1968, the theater was in its final days. "I do remember seeing what I remember to be the last movie that played there before it burned," he said, "'The Shakiest Gun in the West.'" The comedy starred Don Knotts as a hapless dentist who leaves Philadelphia for the frontier in a remake of the 1948 Bob Hope comedy "The Paleface." Back in Louisburg, Grover Harris, the ever-watchful theater patrol, said he worked there as a teenager at the snack bar and eventually came to buy the place at "a very reasonable price." But there was a wrinkle in the deal, he said, because it came with not one theater, but two. "They gave me the drive-in (Car View Drive-In), and I didn't want it," he said. "It was breaking even. To run both of them, it was a job." He tried to sell the drive-in — which was on leased property — to no avail, he said. "I tore it down," he said. He sold the projectors, he said, and gave the steel screen to a farmer. "I left a vacant lot." Way before Harris took the reins in the late 1970s, a young Karl Pernell manned the popcorn booth there in the early STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERBA THEATER, Raleigh — In the silent movie days, the Superba Theater on Fayetteville Street, which shared space with a bank, was showing 1917's "Thais," a film centered on a "lustful dancer." The era's censorship boards had a field day with the film, cutting scenes, among others, of Thais where her figure shows through draperies and of a drunken couple staggering down a banquet hall. Before the talkie revolution, the theater boasted a five-piece orchestra and a $5,000 pipe organ (about $105, 000 in today's money). The Supurba ceased operations in 1930 shortly after the start of the Great Depression. COURTESY OF CAROLYN PATTERSON LOUISBURG THEATER, Louisburg — The Louisburg Theater on the town's West Nash Street, in the days when the now-vacant movie house had a marquee. The feature: 1949's "The Gal Who Took the West," starring a young Yvonne De Carlo, who would go on to play Sephora in 1956's "The Ten Commandments" and later Lily Munster in the '60s television comedy "The Munsters." The marquee also alerts the kids to the upcoming Saturday matinee featuring one of the popular B-westerns starring singing cowboy Gene Autry. And a banner above the door promotes the theater's "Anniversary Week" by promising, "A Solid Week of Entertainment." Rewind

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