Alhambra Theatre

20 North Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC

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The Alhambra opened in 1913 and was originally known as the Piedmont Theatre. The exotic name change came in 1922. In 1931 the name changed yet again to the State Theatre before closing for good in 1937. The owners then took the State Theatre name around the corner to an existing theater on East Trade Street.

Today the 60 story Bank of America corporate headquarters stands on the site of the Alhambra.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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ncmark
ncmark on April 11, 2006 at 12:40 pm

A photo of the Alhambra is in a new book entitled ‘Charlotte: then and Now’. The picture is actually of the Efird’s department store which was right next door but you can see the theater marquee and exterior wedged right up against it. Another picture in the book shows a vintage art deco Woolworths on the theater site. That building too has since been demolished to make way for the B of A skyscraper.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on July 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I am working on a project on “Lost” Charlotte Movie Theaters for UNC-Charlotte where i am a faculty member. Would love to get in touch with anyone who as insight into this theater (stories, pics, whatever). You can send me an email at and hopefully we can talk about your interest or info on the lost theaters of Charlotte. – Thanks

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