334 E. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC
No longer standing
The Regal Theater was built to serve African-American customers and opened by 1940. It stood on E. Pettigrew St. (next to the Hotel Biltmore) and was demolished in 1977. One advertisement in an unidentified newspaper of March 1, 1940 announced, “See your friends in this All-Durham Movie, Tobaccoland-U S S. . . .All scenes filmed in Durham County.” See http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14279. A suit filed in 1932 under the Mechanics Lien Law for payment to Boykin by the owners of the theater confirms that Boykin was involved in its construction. See North Carolina Reports, Vol. 203: Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of North Carolina, . . . 1932 (Raleigh, 1933).