Letter: A wish for West Asheville

Graphic by Lori Deaton

It suddenly occurred to me this afternoon to wonder why somebody hasn’t opened a movie theater in West Asheville.

It would be much easier to get to than the AMC, the big theaters on Hendersonville Road and in Biltmore Park, and the Fine Arts and Grail Moviehouse downtown. If l had the money to invest in such a project, l would do it in a heartbeat.

— Penelope B. Stephens

Editor’s note: Longtime Asheville residents may recall that West Asheville did once have a movie theater, the Isis Theater, which showed its last film in 1957 (see “Isis, Arise” on the Xpress website). The building now houses Isis Music Hall.


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5 thoughts on “Letter: A wish for West Asheville

  1. Grail Moviehouse

    If someone has a building suitable for a three screen theater with ample free parking, and that’s affordable for the tight margins involved in the theater biz (and also willing to sign a very long lease), we would love to make that happen! Not joking here.
    Steve and Davida, Grail Moviehouse

    • NFB

      Steve and Davida — LOVE The Grail! Thank you for being in our community and hang in there through this current crisis. We’ll be back as soon as we can!

    • indy499

      Haha. Ample free parking and West Asheville can’t be in the same discussion.

  2. Jon King

    The timing of this letter with the need for social distance is impeccable.
    Bravo, again, MX, for your complete lack of discretion in letter publishing.

    • bsummers

      Um, I don’t think anybody’s going to build a new theater and invite people to come in and share coronavirus just because of this letter. The virus will pass, and in the meantime, people are allowed to plan for the future.

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