Carolina Theatre

226 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Chuck_Landsdown on July 25, 2013 at 12:23 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 12:26 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 2:32 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 8:22 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 8:15 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 9:39 pm

Patsy on December 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

Great news! You have made my Christmas holiday!

ncmark on December 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

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:

raysson on November 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

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 4:02 pm

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

raysson on November 16, 2012 at 7:52 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 4:56 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 4:47 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 3:45 pm

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

Patsy on April 12, 2012 at 6:05 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 3:20 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 6:29 am

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

raysson on April 6, 2012 at 12:47 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 12:46 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.

Patsy on April 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

So nice to see “ncmark” post this information and link. I couldn’t bring up the link so found the complete link that all CT readers will find most interesting. I do hope that this Foundation can make a difference for this once remarkable theatre in downtown Charlotte! It is time for this theatre to be resurrected and brought into the uptown theatre district as a theatre destination among the other theatre venues.

Patsy on April 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

ncmark on April 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

A glimmer of hope for the Carolina as reported in the Charlotte Observer. The Foundation for the Carolinas – a local non profit umbrella organization and the new next door neighbor of the Carolina -has asked the city to investigate possible reuses now that the developers option to purchase the theater has expired and will not be renewed.…

Patsy on February 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

Carmichael: Very nice post regarding your memories of the Carolina. I still hold out hope that someday the Carolina can be returned to the downtown area.

Carmichael on February 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

The Carolina was the most luxurious theater in prosperous downtown Charlotte, and its vandalism and disappearance are tragic. The theater featured sumptuous appointments from the golden age of moving pictures – the late 1920s. I saw many amazing films there, but the most memorable was 2001, a special treat for me as a recent college graduate following a dinner with my mother. My father had died one year before my graduation, and after my graduation ceremony at UNC-Charlotte, we went out to dinner and to the Carolina to see 2001: A Space Odyssey. She bought a fabulous brochure for the film that I treasure to this day as a memento of her encouragement to me to reach high for the planets and the stars.

raysson on January 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm

“LAWRENCE OF ARABIA” played at the Carolina Theatre as a Reserved Seat Engagement Presentation on September 25,1963. I have the original ads from the Charlotte Observer. Not only “LAWRENCE” played here as a Roadshow Presentation,but also “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”,and “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” played here before capacity crowds at the Carolina Theatre.