Carolina Theatre

226 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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raysson on January 30, 2014 at 11:05 am

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

Among the CINERAMA Engagements….








Patsy on January 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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

ncmark on January 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

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 on August 1, 2013 at 12:32 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 on July 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Perhaps some exist…..good luck!

Chuck_Landsdown on July 25, 2013 at 2:23 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 on March 21, 2013 at 2:26 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 on March 4, 2013 at 4:32 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 on February 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

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 on February 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

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 on February 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Patsy on December 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Great news! You have made my Christmas holiday!

ncmark on December 19, 2012 at 12:46 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

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raysson on November 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Patsy, ncmark, and Chuck1231: Regarding the concert dates for Elvis Presley. However in 1956, Elvis did two concert shows in Charlotte that were five months of each other… was in February and the other was in June of 1956.

First, ELVIS did four sold out concert shows at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre on February 10,1956. There were two matinee performances and also two evening performances.

Second,ELVIS also broke all attendance records when he made a second appearance to the Queen City for a sold out show at the Charlotte Coliseum on June 26,1956.

Patsy on November 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

raysson: Please keep us updated on any developments regarding this theatre and its future in uptown Charlotte!

raysson on November 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

“SOUTH PACIFIC” was a Reserved Seat Exclusive Engagement Showing at Charlotte’s Carolina Theatre on June 25,1959. It was the only showing of the film in the Carolinas. Other cities in the Carolinas wouldn’t get the film until Christmas of 1959.

Patsy on October 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

“Council member Patsy Kinsey believes the developer with the best renovation plan will get the council’s support. This includes taking the pieces of the old facade and putting them back in place.” Music to my ears!

Patsy on October 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

ncmark: Thank you for posting this recent Observer article! I have now sent a thank you email to the journalist, Mark Price for writing the story about this theatre gem in the heart of Charlotte NC!

ncmark on October 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Charlotte Observer article about plans for the Carolina Theatre from 10-15-12.

Patsy on April 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

raysson: Keep us informed about future Foundation for the Carolinas news articles regarding the Carolina Theatre’s future in uptown Charlotte. Thanks.

raysson on April 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

HOW THE WEST WAS WON played here as a reserved seat engagement at the Carolina Theater on May 29,1963. It was a roadshow.

Patsy on April 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks Chuck! Love the stage photo of when this theatre was in its heyday! If only…………….

raysson on April 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

A 40 foot wide CINEMASCOPE screen was installed in 1953 for the film’s showing of THE ROBE.

raysson on April 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

GONE WITH THE WIND played at the Carolina Theater on January 29,1940 as a Reserved Seat Engagement. It was one of two theatres within the state that played it as a roadshow. The other was the Ambassador Theater in Raleigh.