124 South Tryon Street,
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The Imperial Theatre opened in 1919 and was Charlotte’s top movie theatre until the larger and more ornate Carolina Theatre opened in 1927. A fire closed the building in 1931 but after an extensive remodeling in 1932, it reopened as Charlotte’s only Atmospheric style theatre. The rather narrow auditorium had a balcony and the side walls were decorated in a Spanish style. Overhead was a blue plaster sky with electric stars and projected clouds.
The Imperial Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey in the 1940’s. It had a successful run showing mostly first run movies for several decades until the opening of the Park Terrace Theatre in the suburbs forced its closing in 1964. The building sat empty for a few years and was torn down in the late-1960’s.
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