Aberdeen’s 1937 Elkin Theatre was designed in the Art Deco style by Robert Boller, the architect for 110 theaters in the southeast and midwest (Chuck Van Bibber, cinematreasures.org). A 1960s remodel reduced the number of seats from 800 to 500. Restoration and preservation of the theatre was begun in 1985 by a group of local citizens who formed the Aberdeen Elkin Theatre Association (Aberdeen Visitors Bureau).
…when the Elkin opened in 1937, it was considered one of the finest and best equipped theatres in the south. (Aberdeen Visitors Bureau)
The building is included on the National Register of Historic Places in the Aberdeen Downtown Historic District listing. Architectural historian Harrison L. Stamm (1997) described the most unique feature of the theatre in the nomination form:
…deep parapet above the entrance features stepped sections culminating in six vertical brick ribs. The sign, marquee, and parapet are in the Art Deco style.
The theatre shows one current movie every Friday and Saturday night, and hosts exhibits, recitals, presentations, and community-wide meetings. Another historic treasure saved not paved, and used not mothballed.