Charleston, South Carolina Movie Theaters

Dr. J.T. Green, Sr.

Carolina Theater
Owners Meeting
Nov. 21, 1953
Charlotte, NC
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The Green/Greene Family


J.T. Green, Jr.

W.F. Greene

J.C. Greene

Dr. John Thompson Green, Sr. built the Playland Theater in Elloree, SC

J.T. Green, Jr., owned or operated these theaters:
Edisto Theater – Branchville
Theater – Branchville (this theater had no name. It was just called “Theater”)
Unnamed Theater (Drive-In) – St. George (Destroyed by Hurricane Gracie, 1959)
Unnamed Theater (Drive-In) – Erhardt
Skyline Drive-In – New Ellenton

William F. Greene (and his wife Dolly)
Williston Theater – Williston
Unnamed Drive-In – Yemasee (built and operated for a couple of years)
South 17 Drive-In - Hardeeville
Unnamed Drive-In – Ridgeland (original owners, John Hubbard & Willie Sauls)

Joseph (Jody) Cannon Greene ran a theater in Johnston

William Harrell Rentz

William Harrell RentzVarnville, South Carolina

William Harrell Rentz opened the VACO Theatre, the first movie theater in Varnville, South Carolina, in 1915. In 1917, a fire destroyed a section of downtown Varnville, including the movie theater. Mr. Rentz provided continued film screenings in an outdoor setting until he could open another theater. He opened the Strand Theatre in 1919. A Clemson graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. Rentz was a friend and mentor to Gerald Meeks, who took over theater operations in 1924. The 1921 edition of The Julius Cahn - Gus Hill Theatrical Guide and Moving Picture Directory states that Mr. Rentz also managed the Pastime Theatre in Allendale, South Carolina.

D. Ireland Thomas

Damon Ireland Thomas
Charleston, South Carolina

D. Ireland Thomas ran the Lincoln Theater in Charleston beginning in the early 1920's. He was born in 1875, near New Orleans. In 1900, he managed the Bijou Theater in Tampa, Florida. By 1904, He was managing a tent show for entertainment entrepreneur, Patrick H. Chappelle.

In 1916, Mr. Thomas was the New Orleans District manager for the Lincoln Motion Picture Company's national film distribution organization.

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