Carolina Theatre

226 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Scott
Scott on October 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Thanks Patsy. I read the Observer article but it didn’t come across to me whether they were going to attempt to replicate the original lobby. Hopefully they will at least adhere to it in style. I didn’t realize the facade was saved. That was a good bit of foresight.

Patsy
Patsy on October 10, 2014 at 1:31 am

“The Carolina Theatre‚Äôs facade, dismantled by the city in the late 1980s and stacked under the stage, will be placed on the front of the new lobby, facing Tryon.” I would like to see the new lobby based on the original design though it doesn’t exactly say that in the article. I would think that it would be based on the original so it would be in keeping with the original design in the auditorium. I have entered that space a few times and each time I am struck by how beautiful it must have been in its heyday. Congrats to the City of Charlotte and the Belk Foundation for realizing the importance of saving this historic theatre in uptown Charlotte.

Patsy
Patsy on October 10, 2014 at 1:23 am

Scott: I think this is addressed in the Charlotte Observer article. I do recall reading that the numbered facade pieces would be replaced.

Scott
Scott on October 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Since the lobby and entrance were both demolished, has the Foundation announced its plan with respect to those spaces? That is, are they going to build a lobby based on the original design, or are they going with an entirely new design?

Patsy
Patsy on October 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/06/5224322/belk-family-members-give-8m-to.html

Patsy
Patsy on October 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Yes! Wonderful news! Tell us more and my email is

Susan Walker
Susan Walker on October 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

The Belk Family has contributed $8,000,000 to the renovation of the Carolina. YES.

raysson
raysson on January 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

It was the first theatre in the state to also have the showing of THIS IS CINERAMA on December 22,1961.

Not to mention..“CINERAMA ADVENTURE”…..

raysson
raysson on January 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The CAROLINA THEATRE opened on March 7,1927.

Closed its doors on November 27,1978.

It was also the first theatre in the state to have full CINEMASCOPE projection for its showing of THE ROBE on October 29,1953. It was the only showing of the film in the two Carolinas.

Patsy
Patsy on January 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

raysson: Thanks for listing these engagements. 2016 is going to be a banner year for the long awaited Carolina Theatre to once again become a visual and viable presence in uptown Charlotte.

raysson
raysson on January 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Among the roadshow engagements in 70mm at the CAROLINA:

“RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA”

“GIANT”

“SOUTH PACIFIC”

“RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE”

“CAROUSEL”

“THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”

“THE ALAMO”-John Wayne

“THE KING AND I”-Yul Brenner

“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”

“DOCTOR ZHIVAGO”

“HAWAII”-Julie Andrews

“PAINT YOUR WAGON”

“PATTON”

“SWEET CHARITY”

“HELLO DOLLY!”

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”

among others…..

raysson
raysson on January 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm

THE CAROLINA THEATRE was the only theatre in the state of North Carolina that showed movies in CINERAMA……

Among the CINERAMA Engagements….

“HOW THE WEST WAS WON”

“THE WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM”

“ICE STATION ZEBRA”

“KRAKATOA:EAST OF JAVA”

“CIRCUS WORLD”

“GRAND PRIX”

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”

Patsy
Patsy on January 30, 2014 at 3:41 am

ncmark: This is wonderful news for those of us who love uptown Charlotte and all that it has to offer including the Blumenthal PAC and the Knight Center. To see a projected opening date of 2016 is “music to my ears”. Charlotte is not the only city to have lost an historical theatre(s) as I recall reading about a few in Nashville that should still be standing today. The Carolina Theatre building stands waiting to be rediscovered and given a rebirth. Thank you Bank of America for your pledge to kickstart the renovation of this important piece of Charlotte’s past.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 30, 2014 at 12:29 am

PITY the Downtown, or UPTOWN as you guys say, THEATRES were lost…a pity..

ncmark
ncmark on January 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

The Charlotte Observer reports today that Bank of America has pledged a $5 million gift to kickstart the renovation of the Carolina Theatre. It is a good start on the estimated $25 million renovation budget. The Foundation for the Carolinas is leading the project with a planned opening date of 2016

CarolinaTheatreMJ
CarolinaTheatreMJ on August 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi. I’ve started work again on the website and I’m looking for help in creating it. I want a modern look (as opposed to my handwritten site from several years back) and I want to integrate Wordpress for the blog and comments. Also, I have hundreds of photos and dozens of videos to add, so I’m interested in seeing the best of the historic theatre sites you know about. So far, the Foundation for the Carolinas has not decided what they want to do and therefore there is no money available (if that matters). Cheers! Michael Johnston

Patsy
Patsy on July 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Perhaps some exist…..good luck!

Chuck_Landsdown
Chuck_Landsdown on July 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

This is a long shot I know, but by chance, any of you here happen to have any color photos available of the theater before it originally closed. They are very hard to locate.

raysson
raysson on March 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

The 55th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s epic SOUTH PACIFIC was a reserved seat engagement presentation at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre on June 25,1959. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas.

raysson
raysson on March 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm

“PAINT YOUR WAGON” played at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre as a reserved seat engagement in 70mm on December 25,1969. It was the only showing of the film within the two Carolinas with two performances.

Patsy
Patsy on February 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

And I just viewed the Scotty Moore link! I had never seen an overhead view of that property and the theatre/stage in proxmity to the neighboring buildings! Would love to see the original facade replaced as it was all numbered when it was disassembled.

Patsy
Patsy on February 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I walked by the Carolina Theatre corner just last night and saw a lovely small park setting in front of the former theatre. The most recent news in the Charlotte Observer this a.m. is very welcome news to all who hope to see this theatre restored and given back to the citizens of Charlotte!

jimroy
jimroy on February 10, 2013 at 5:39 am

http://scottymoore.net/charlotte.html

Patsy
Patsy on December 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Great news! You have made my Christmas holiday!

ncmark
ncmark on December 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Excellent news for the future of the Carolina. The city has given the Foundation for the Carolinas – the next door neighbor of the theater -the option to purchase, redevelop and renovate the site. More information from the Charlotte Observer

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/17/3732909/charlotte-selects-foundation-for.html#storylink=cpy