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Carolina

129-131 Market, Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 10/1925* - 1953*
Performance Types movies , vaudeville
Capacity 600 (1930*)
Racial Policy presumed white
DescriptionThe Carolina Theatre was the new name given to the Victoria Theatre when George W. Bailey leased the Victoria from James Howard and Percy Wells in October 1925. After renovations, the old Victoria Theater opened as the Carolina. Home to Wilmington's first talking picture in 1929, the Carolina was the city's most elegant Depression-era theater.
NotesThe absence of any mention of a racial policy in newspaper articles accompanying the Carolina's opening along with plans to have the stairs to the balcony open to the main floor of the theater together suggest that the Carolina did not admit African Americans.
Building NotesThe Carolina was located on Market Street at the corner of Second Street. The renovation that accompanied the change in name from Victoria to Carolina brought new projection equipment, the installation of a new marble box office, and the construction of new stairs to the balcony.
Associated Persons
NameRole
Bailey, George W. manager (7/19/1925 - 1953*)
Howard, James Fox owner (1925* - 3/12/1933)
Solky, Jacob M. owner (3/12/1933)
Wells, Percy W. owner (1925* - 3/12/1933)
Associated Organizations
NameRelationship
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) unknown (12/2/1928*)
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Commentary

  1. Carolina Timeline Commentary
    Tags: admission price; music; renovation; re-opening; sound films
  2. Victoria Theatre Timeline Commentary
    Tags: family; music; vaudeville

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Wilmington's New Theater, Carolina, To Open October 1
    Wilmington Star - 7/19/1928
    Tags: admission price; alias; balcony; closing; manager; opening notice; renovation
  2. Wilmington to Have Talking Movies, Geo. Bailey Tells Public
    Wilmington Star - 12/2/1928
    Tags: company; manager; music; sound films
  3. Carolina - Ad - sound films
    Wilmington Star - 2/19/1929
    Tags: film title; notable; sound films; vaudeville
  4. Carolina Theatre - Ad - gala opening notice
    Wilmington Star - 2/24/1929
    Tags: admission price; film title; hours of operation; music; notable; opening notice; sound films
  5. Silver Screen's Silence Broken By New Talkies - Carolina
    Wilmington Star - 2/24/1929
    Tags: admission price; film title; hours of operation; sound films
  6. Gala Audience Witnesses First Showing of Talking Pictures in Wilmington
    Wilmington Star - 2/26/1929
    Tags: film title; music; sound films
  7. Bijou Was First Motion Picture House in the State - It Has Progressed Rapidly and Is Now Showing Modern Pictures
    Wilmington Star - 12/8/1929
    Tags: admission price; film title; manager; notable; sound films; tent
  8. Royal Theatre Will Open Talkies About January 20 - George W. Bailey Signs Contract With Radio Corporation For Latest Equipment
    Wilmington Star - 12/22/1929
    Tags: manager; sound films
  9. Carolina - Ad - sound films
    Wilmington Star - 3/29/1930
    Tags: admission price; color films; film title; hours of operation; sound films
  10. Grace Moore and Tibbet Starred at the Carolina
    Wilmington Star - 2/3/1931
    Tags: music
  11. Repairs Planned At Royal Theatre
    Wilmington News - 12/30/1931
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation
  12. Changes Planned at Royal Theatre - Movie House Will Be Closed for Renovation and Repairs, January 3 to 18
    Wilmington Star - 12/31/1931
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation
  13. Royal Theater Opens Door Monday Morning
    Wilmington News - 1/15/1932
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation; re-opening
  14. Sulke Buys In Theatre Sites
    Wilmington News - 3/12/1933
    Tags: change in owner
  15. Four Theatre Sites Advertised For Sale
    Wilmington News - 4/13/1933
    Tags: closing
  16. Trustee To Sell Theater Sites
    Wilmington Star - 4/13/1933
    Tags: closing
  17. Carolina to Open Early This Fall
    Wilmington Star - 7/23/1933
    Tags: manager; renovation; re-opening; sound films; vaudeville
  18. Howard & Wells Sue J.M. Sulke
    Wilmington Star - 8/2/1933
    Tags: company; licensing; manager; notable
  19. G.W. Bailey Will Reopen Carolina
    Wilmington News - 8/1/1934
    Tags: manager; renovation; sound films; ventilation
  20. Carolina Theatre Being Remodeled
    Wilmington Star - 8/2/1934
    Tags: manager; renovation; re-opening; sound films; ventilation
  21. Carolina Theatre is One Year Old
    Wilmington Star - 9/29/1935
    Tags: feature film; film title; notable
  22. J.F. Howard Continues Critically Ill In Hospital
    Wilmington News - 3/3/1938
    Tags: manager
  23. Howard Passes Crisis Is Believed Recovering
    Wilmington News - 3/4/1938
    Tags: manager
  24. Howard Funeral Tuesday Morning - company
    Wilmington News - 3/7/1938
    Tags: company; manager
  25. Theaters Closed In Honor of James Howard
    Wilmington News - 3/7/1938
    Tags: hours of operation; manager; notable
  26. James F. Howard Obituary
    Wilmington News - 3/8/1938
    Tags: manager
  27. Carolina - Ad - "Gone with the Wind"
    Wilmington Star - 2/25/1940
    Tags: admission price; feature film; film title; hours of operation
  28. Grand Opening
    Wilmington Morning Star - 12/20/1940
    Tags: feature film; film title; opening notice
  29. Carolina - Ad - minstrel shows
    Wilmington Star - 12/21/1945
    Tags: admission price; hours of operation; minstrel shows; public appearance
  30. Carolina - Ad - public appearance
    Wilmington Star - 4/18/1946
    Tags: admission price; film title; hours of operation; music; public appearance
  31. Carolina - Ad - minstrel shows
    Wilmington Star - 1/10/1947
    Tags: admission price; film title; minstrel shows; vaudeville
  32. Colony is Closed - Theatre Began as the Victoria - No Plans For Old Structure
    Wilmington Star - 10/31/1974
    Tags: actualities; alias; architect; band or orchestra; closing; company; feature film; film title; hotel; manager; name change; renovation; re-opening; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville
  33. The Colony Comes Down - Victoria - alias
    Wilmington Star - 4/24/1975
    Tags: alias; architect; company; feature film; film title; manager; name change; renovation; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville