aperture001What’s this? Someone has made an aperture in the wall of the Arts Council building on West Fourth Street.

What’s inside? When this picture was taken a few weeks ago, mostly dust and debris.


But soon it will become a/perture, a twin 80 seat theater showing the latest “art” films in a laid back atmosphere that will include beer and wine service.

To see more recent pictures and learn about what is going on, visit a\perture’s blog here.

This should be an exciting moment in local history, because a\perture will be the first movie theater to open downtown in over 60 years.














The Winston Theater opened on Wednesday, April 13, 1949. The feature was “Kiss in the Dark,” a comedy starring Jane Wyman and David Niven. Features included “Night Life in Chicago,” a travel short, a Merrie Melodies cartoon and the world news. Admission was 50 cents for adults, 9 cents for children.

The theater was the most modern in the South at that time, with sleek styling and a serious heating and cooling system that “guaranteed” total comfort. The system required a huge, 50 foot chimney, today the only remaining identifying mark of the much remodeled building.

The theater was built by the Twin City Theatre Corporation, which was jointly owned by North Carolina Theatres, Inc. and Bonner and Leroy Sams of Winston-Salem and A.F. Sams of Statesville. Leroy Sams was for many years a well known municipal court judge.

The building was designed by Earle G. Stilwell of Hendersonville, the most prolific theater architect of the time, and built by R.K. Stewart and Son of High Point.

The theater closed in 1981. On the last day, seats were offered for $1.00.