Carolina Theatre

226 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

Unfavorite 8 people favorited this theater

Showing 51 - 75 of 134 comments

Patsy
Patsy on October 19, 2007 at 7:06 pm

http://www.cmhpf.org/surveys&rcarolinatheater.htm

This site shows some wonderful b/w photos of the interior and exterior as they once were along with interesting historical information.

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Mark in NC: At one time were you ever involved with the Carolina Theatre Preservation Society? I won’t be able to attend the Encore party event, but hope you do and post here afterwards. If you wish to contact me via email, the address is

Patsy
Patsy on October 13, 2007 at 10:14 pm

On October 16th from 6-8 at 6th and Tryon in Charlotte NC there will be a party put on by Encore to review their residental plan with tours of the Carolina Theatre along with cocktails and appetizers. For more information on this event please contact .com

ncmark
ncmark on September 13, 2007 at 4:44 pm

The Charlotte Observer reported on new plan with additional developers to once again attempt to save the Carolina. A new 20 story condo tower is planned for the vacant lot in front of the theater. The disassembled facade would be incorporated into the tower along with a new lobby. The tower would have three floors of office space and up to 20 condo units with prices starting at $1.7 million and going up to $5 million. A management company has been named to operate the Carolina and TIF money from the condos would go to operations too. The non profit preservation society still needs to raise millions for the restoration. I hope this effort works. The fundraising might prove difficult though with a for profit company running the theater. More info is at www.encorecharlotte.com

thecolonel1
thecolonel1 on August 25, 2007 at 10:01 pm

IN THE 1960’S I RENTED ONE OF THE “STORES” SHOWN ON THE ARCHITECT RENDERINGS FOR THE THEATER.

I OPENED CHARLOTTE’S FIRST “HEAD SHOP” ON THE SITE FACING EIGHTH STREET, AND WAS ALSO A RADIO PERSONALITY.

I REMEMBER SNEAKING IN THE SIDE DOOR AND WATCHING “2001” DOZENS OF TIMES. I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE MOVIE!

I WALKED EVERY INCH OF THE OLD THEATER LATER WHEN I SOLD AD TIME FOR RADIO, AND WORKED WITH KERMIT HIGH AND RON HINES WO MANAGED THE THEATER. BACK STAGE WAS A DELIGHT. I FOUND LOTS OF DANCE SHOES AND THINGS USED FOR LIVE SHOWS AT THE THEATER. DUST COVERED EVERYTHING.

CCW

Patsy
Patsy on August 18, 2007 at 7:25 am

Thanks for your recent Carolina Theatre post which I have cut and pasted to someone in the Charlotte area who has been involved with the idea of restoring this theatre for 20 years! This person has seen personality conflicts, ETC. that has kept this theatre from being restored!

Patsy
Patsy on August 18, 2007 at 7:20 am

Yes, it’s a shame because a restored Carollina is just what Charlotte needs!

ncmark
ncmark on August 17, 2007 at 5:56 pm

It’s been well over a year since the condo project at the Carolina was announced and nothing has happened yet. I’m afraid this project is not going to happen and the Carolina will be lost. The next door neighbor, The Mint Museum of Craft + Design in the old Montaldo’s department store, is vacating their space in 2009 and I predict both buildings will come down for some bigger project. That’s just my gut feeling but it wouldn’t surprise me for someone to assemble these two properties to create a footprint for some taller tower. The effort to save the Carolina has been too fractured over the years and hasn’t raised any money to speak of. I don’t think the restoration project has been taken seriously for some time. It’s a shame because a restored Carolina is just what Charlotte needs. I just don’t see enough local support to make this a reality though.

pmck8813
pmck8813 on February 10, 2007 at 4:03 am

On February 10, 1956 Elvis did four shows at Charlotte’s Carolina Theater on N. Tryon………2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Later that year, on June 26,he returned to Charlotte and did an 8:30 p.m. show at the old Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Blvd.

Patsy
Patsy on January 8, 2007 at 5:01 pm

“Work In Progress” is an interesting choice of words as
“Vacant/Not In Use” is certainly accurate.

Patsy
Patsy on December 21, 2006 at 7:26 am

Thanks again as I’ve visited this historical site though don’t recall seeing the aerial view with storefronts and how that entire area looked with the still standing brick theatre behind though what is seen next to the street is gone except for the theatre facade that has been saved and numbered, to my understanding. Unfortunately, the marquee has been gone for a long time.

Patsy
Patsy on December 21, 2006 at 7:06 am

Briarhopper: Best wishes in your efforts to write a book on Clarene Etters and Jane Bartlett. BTW, what were (or are) the WBT Briarhoppers?

Patsy
Patsy on December 21, 2006 at 7:02 am

There seems to be alot of CT chatter about NC theatres, in general over the past few days so thought I’d check this link out, but nothing since Sept. 24th. If anyone knows anything in regards to the plans to restore this one, please post as locals aren’t telling me much!

briarhopper
briarhopper on September 24, 2006 at 1:16 pm

Can anybody lend information on Clarence Etters (former organ player at the theater) and/or Jane Bartlett (possible violinist at the theater)? Both were members of the first group of WBT Briarhoppers and we are writing a book on them. Heck, if you have info on Johnny McAllister, Thorpe Westerfield, Bill Davis, or others, let me know. You can email me at Thanks

BigElectra225
BigElectra225 on September 4, 2006 at 3:34 pm

The film “The Story of Ruth” (1960) had its world premiere at the Carolina Theatre. That evening South Tryon Street was awash in klege lights and glamour as one of the films stars, Peggy Wood, made a personal appearence. Miss Wood is also known for her role as the “Mother Abbess” in “The Sound of Music”. Miss Wood made her entance that evening cruising down South Tryon Street perched on the back of a brand new 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible (provided by City Chevrolet). Pics of the event are avaliable on micro-film at the main library. Not sure of the exact date.

tntim
tntim on August 8, 2006 at 4:24 am

Patsy,

The Carolina will not show up on the CT architect list until the editors change this page from “unknown” to R.E. Hall.

Vestal Press did a reprint of both volumes of “American Theatres of Today” several years ago. This is when I bought my copy. The Carolina Theatre is on pages 110 and 111 of volume 1.

I also noticed that Ken Roe also posted this information on this thread on Dec. 4, 2004. I also dug though my “Marquee” file and found Vol 18 #3, and yes there was the information on the Carolina Theatre just as Ken had posted. So the evidence is pretty conclusive that R.E. Hall did design the Carolina Theatre in Charlotte.

Patsy
Patsy on August 4, 2006 at 5:56 pm

tntim: Are the drawings and pictures in “American Theatres of Today” of the Carolina Theatre? I found the book on a used book website and the price was around $200. It seems there was a Volume I and II.

Patsy
Patsy on August 4, 2006 at 5:46 pm

I just went to the architect CT list and under R.E. Hall there is only one theatre listed under his name….Florida Theatre in Jacksonville FL. So there should be 2 theatres listed under his name now.

tntim
tntim on August 4, 2006 at 6:51 am

The Carolina Theatre was actually designed by R.E. Hall, not Graven and Mayger. The drawings and picture can be found in the book “American Theatres of Today”.

Patsy
Patsy on August 2, 2006 at 5:14 pm

I’ve just been informed that the Carolina Theatre was designed by architects, Graven and Mayger, but it isn’t listed on the CT Graven and Mayger CT link.

Patsy
Patsy on April 12, 2006 at 5:43 am

Mark in NC: Thanks for the update and please consider joining the CTPS group especially now!

ncmark
ncmark on April 12, 2006 at 3:56 am

On Monday, April 10, 2006 the Charlotte City Council approved the contract to sell the Carolina Theatre to the Atlanta developer Camden Management Partners. They will buy the theater from the city for $1 million which is about $1.5 million below fair market value. Camden will get annual grants from the city and county for arts programs at the theater that will equal 90% of the local property taxes generated by the new condos to be develop in front of and above the theater. The grants could total up to $4.5 million which would help reopen the long shuttered theater.

Patsy
Patsy on April 10, 2006 at 7:35 am

Onas: I really don’t know about the Carolina being haunted, but it is need of a complete restoration and if you are in the Charlotte area and are interested in helping CTPS with their restoration efforts, please contact them!

0nas
0nas on April 10, 2006 at 6:58 am

Thanks Kari and Patsy for the great info. I want to go take pictures of this theatre. I have a book in the works on haunted place like you mention.

Patsy
Patsy on March 8, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Kari: You need to think about becoming an active member of CTPS since I see that the only theatre that is listed on your profile page is the CAROLINA! Come join us!