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Raysson, where does your information come from? I attended movies here in the late 50s and early 60s and remember a lot of Rock Hudson, Doris Day, beach and surf movies and one stand out – PT109 from 1963. I know I was only a child – wow, I was 10 years old in ‘63. I distinctly remember going to this theater to see PT109 with my two younger cousins in tow and no parental supervision, because a boy I didn’t know sat beside me and I was so shy I took my cousins in hand and walked them home without seeing the end of the movie. We are white and I do not recall blacks there, and it certainly was not “Negroes Only” at this time. I’m not being racist or attacking anyone here, I’m just really puzzled and sincerely want to find the source of this information. Was it newspaper ads for movies? Can you tell me more? The opening announcement linked in the message above doesn’t indicate this is a black only theater, or integrated either. My elementry school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg integrated in 1965.
I was born in this area in 1953 and clearly recall going to see many movies at the Belvedere through the 60s. I do not recall the theater being a “Negro Only” theater, where did you get this information? To my knowledge during this time the area was predominately white, but that had changed in by the 70s.