The Saluda Theater, built in the Art deco style in 1936, is one of the few such theaters remaining in the United States today. Once the center of the town and county with five different movies each week, the theater was abandoned and deteriorating rapidly in the 1980's. the Saluda County Historical Society with the help of the Saluda County Council began restoring it for future generations. Today, audiences come to experience, enjoy and learn from a variety of cultural, educational and historical events on its' stage. It is noted for its' history and ambiance, its' superior acoustics, and its' serpentine balcony as well as for being a setting in the movie Separate but Equal starring Sidney Poitier.