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The Historic Earle Theatre

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garyb36350 wrote a review Sep 2019
Waterford, Michigan108 contributions12 helpful votes
Watched the Karen Knott show there today. Very informative about her father and family. It was not her Vegas show but you won’t find a Vegas style show anywhere in Nt. Airy. Ever.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Cassandra W wrote a review Aug 2019
Macon, Georgia352 contributions74 helpful votes
Ended up staying in Mt. Airy for the night and enjoyed this historic theater and local talent! Pretty little theater. Very laidback. Worth the trip!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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chicos257 wrote a review Jul 2019
Cleveland, Ohio67 contributions42 helpful votes
Really a great experience to watch the artists perform on Thursday night. I am not a country music fan, but found myself totally enjoying this evening. There were a stage full of musicians and I must say each was very good. The lady and gentleman that led the group were very entertaining. She even danced for a couple of songs. I couldn't keep up with her if I tried. I was awed by her steps.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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FancyFree55 wrote a review Jun 2019
Florida7,256 contributions997 helpful votes
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Stepping inside the Historic Earle Theatre is being transported back to 1938, when it was built. As you enter the lobby, the smell of fresh popped corn sends taste buds into orbit. A helpful gentleman behind the counter explains what you'll see and how to best experience it. Visitors receive an audio tour device - press a button and hear the history of local music icons who graced The Earle with their presence in bygone years. As a musician, I was impressed to learn that Surry County is the birthplace of a particular sound of strings music called Round Peak tradition - an intense bluesy blend of fiddlin and banjo strummin. Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and friends gave rise to this style in the 1930s. Fred played a fretless banjo to create a more unique sound, and his banjo is now on display at the Smithsonian. The Earle was also instrumental in the creation of a radio audience for Round Peak music. In 1948, local Ralph Epperson built the first radio station in Surry County, WPAQ-AM, broadcasting via a 10,000 watt antenna constructed on a nearby mountain top. Much of the content was broadcast live from The Earle Theatre, and today The Earle is still home to the second-longest-running live radio show in the country. For a $5 fee, locals can participate on Saturday mornings in the Merry-Go-Round show, with a live jam session afterward. Heritage Hall is open daily for tours until 3:00. Every Thursday night The Earle hosts a free bluegrass jam session. Visitors can watch a video and learn how to dance the Surry County version of a country two-step. I didn't see a parking lot, but street parking is free. We didn't pay separate admission to visit the theatre because our visit was part of a package deal including the Andy Griffith Museum. Music lovers won't want to miss this.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Musicalmom2014 wrote a review Apr 2019
Pinehurst, North Carolina9 contributions7 helpful votes
Lots of history here. We were given a mobile thing to listen to the history of the musicians pictured in the theater. Still used foe movies and other events today.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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