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Alva Theater

Historic District

Downtown Morganton Historic District


Alva Theater Morganton, NC

The Alva Theatre is remarkably intact and a wonderful example of Spanish Colonial style architecture both inside and out. The marquee still hangs over the entrance and is being used to advertise the current retail tenant. It was built in 1929.

The auditorium has been adapted for a photography studio and store. It is now the studio of John S. Payne, in the former Alva Theater. Mr. Payne has done an incredible job of preserving the building’s grandeur. The seats have been removed but the decorative ceiling and walls are in great shape. Even the small balcony remains. The sign outside says the Alva Theatre was open as a theatre from 1929 to 1951. In 1955 it was renamed Davis Theatre. The theater is a great example of an adaptive reuse and is one of the best buildings in Morganton’s quaint downtown.

Contributing Building - Downtown Morganton Historic District - National Register of Historic Places NRIS #87001930

Latitude, Longitude

35.74629444, -81.68907222


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Alva Theater; Davis Theater; Photography studio; Spanish Colonial style; Historic district; Burke County (NC); Theaters --- North Carolina --- Morganton --- Burke County.


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