Walk into the lobby of the National Theatre and brace yourself for a blast from
the past! Accurately restored in 1980, the National Theatre still showcases
its past which dates back to 1919 when it was the first movie theatre in Graham
and silent films were the featured attraction. Although the National Theatre was the first 'picture' show to open in Graham, it wasn't long before it shared the block with two other movie theatres. Even though a fire ravaged the building in 1939, the theatre still shows hints of its past... the Carrera glass facade, 1930's light fixtures, terrazo flooring, an old fashioned cry room and love seats in the auditorium.
The National Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received recognition in 1992 from the League of Historic American Theatres for preservation. The National also played host to a gala screening of the 1955 hit Oklahoma sponsored by the American Movie Classics (AMC). In the last ten years, the National has expanded from one-screen to three screens appropriately named The National, The Staircase Theatre (located upstairs) and the Northstar Theatre which is adorned with stars on the ceiling.
We are open 7 days a week, with expanded show times during holidays and summer vacations.