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Saluda Theatre, Saluda County (107 Law Range Rd., Saluda)

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Facade, 1944 Facade, 1987 Renovated Facade Marquee Left Oblique
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Right Oblique Right Rear Oblique Ticket Booth

Designed by Charles B. Thompson, the Saluda Theatre is a two-story, stuccoed masonry building constructed in 1936 as a cinema. The Saluda is significant as an unusually intact example of a small town theatre in the Art Deco style and for its role as a focal point for entertainment in the community during the 1930s and 1940s. The theatre reflects a period of motion picture theatre construction that swept the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Like most other movie theatres constructed during the second decade of the period, the building was influenced by the Art Deco style. The crisp, simple lines of the fašade and the geometric designs of the interior wall finishes and lighting fixtures reveal the influence of the Art Deco style. The theatre is prominently sited in downtown Saluda across the street from the courthouse square. It was open for forty-five years, closing in 1981. Listed in the National Register December 13, 1993.

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