This month, the Clayton Theatre is celebrating 65 years of movie magic. Dagsboro’s single-screen theatre first opened its doors in February of 1949 with a showing of “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.
The theater was built by brothers-in-law Alvin Cambell and Elwood Hancock, and named after U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. John M. Clayton of Delaware. The single-screen theater that was opened on Feb. 2, 1949, by Alvin “Skeet” Campbell and Elwood “Pete” Hancock.
Last year, the theatre began a grassroots campaign to switch from its original MotioGraph projectors to run 35mm film, over to a digital projection system.
Earlier this year the theatre reached its goal and will be showing movies digitally, just in time to celebrate its 65th anniversary.
Our content partner, WHYY will be airing a segment on the theatre and its success tonight, or you can view the segment in the link below.