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5 Points Theatre, 632 Harden Street: 1960s   12 comments

Posted at 12:53 am in Uncategorized

I am not old enough to remeber the 5 Points Theatre actually operating as a theater though I have been vaguely aware of the building all my life. According to this site, the place opened in 1939 but by the 1960s had become too small to match the evolving theater market. You should definitely check out that link, as it has a killer picture of the place from back in the day, as well as part of the surrounding neighborhood.

Although the "theater-ness" of the place has been somewhat restored now, it currently operates as a bar called Red Hot Tomatoes. I don't know much about it except that googling the street address turns up that some sort of celebrity was in a fight there once.

Written by ted on July 9th, 2009

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12 Responses to '5 Points Theatre, 632 Harden Street: 1960s'

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  1. Anybody know where Pug is now? Or Shirley?

    Pug's restroom always had the best grafitti in town.


    9 Jul 09 at 12:30 pm

  2. Don't know about Shirley, but last I heard, Pug had moved to North Myrtle Beach some years ago.


    9 Jul 09 at 12:58 pm

  3. I went to this theatre quite a bit in the late 60s. They had a Saturday morning kidee matinee program where adults could only come in if accompanied by a child. Nothing special about its interiors as I recall, just another run of the mill movie house.


    9 Jul 09 at 4:06 pm

  4. Nice photos with the clouds, Ted.
    I had to sneak out one night with a friend and watched The Graduate in this theater. I seem to remember a small balcony in the building.


    9 Jul 09 at 11:15 pm

  5. I remember the Saturday morning matinee's for kids. We would get packs of movies for the summer and my Mom would drop us off at the theater while she shopped 5 Points. I really forget the movies that I saw. They must not have been memorable ones.


    9 Jul 09 at 11:31 pm

  6. Thanks Terry, it's been a good year for clouds!

    I do remember summer kids matinees, but we did ours at Richland Mall Theater. Same deal, my mother would drop us off while she shopped. That would never fly now (I'm pretty sure the places that still do it have explicit supervision on hand these days). I remember "The Apple Dumpling Gang", "Blue Water White Death" (a Great White Shark documentary that was really too intense for a kids matineee!), and an animated version of the Chinese "Monkey King" epic with Frankie Avalon as the voice of the monkey.


    10 Jul 09 at 12:05 am

  7. Looking at this pic. of the old 5 point Theater..I noticed that "King's Row" is still next to it. They have been there at least since 1970-71 and they are still there. I'm really surprized. So they have been there around 39 years in the same spot. I dont think they were there in 1969, but not sure. Does anyone remember what year they opened?


    10 Jul 09 at 12:28 am

  8. King's Row opened in 1970, as best I can tell.


    10 Jul 09 at 7:58 am

  9. I know that the theatre was open at least until the late 1960's. I went to a lot of films there while in high school and using fake id's to see "art" films there. I would park my bike between the theatre and Eckerd's in the alley. It was stolen in 1969.


    11 Jul 09 at 11:11 am

  10. We saw "Jason and the Argonauts" there back in the early 60's.


    30 Aug 09 at 8:46 am

  11. In the 1970's there was a bar in the back owned by Weems Baskins called the Stage Door... You entered from the alley beside the theater.. A Great Hangout for the Carolina crowd.


    13 Apr 10 at 3:07 pm

  12. The actress Andie McDowell use to manage the Stage Door back then. Late response, but Shirley works at Diannes on Devine.


    14 Apr 10 at 7:41 am

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