Charlotte Theatre

123 West Trade Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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The Charlotte Theater

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The Princess Theatre was opened around 1913. From 1917 it was renamed Ideal Theatre. It was refurbished in 1925 and reopened as the Charlotte Theatre. It was a small, second run theatre that had a successful run through the 1960’s but then became a porn theatre for many years.

The architecture was modest but a later marquee did have an interesting cursive font spelling out the name Charlotte. The building sat empty for a time and hung on longer than all the other downtown theatres except the Carolina Theatre, but has since been demolished.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 5:39 am

Possibly used a “Reproduco” automatic piano/organ unit for film accompaniment.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 3:18 am


According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments” page 551, the Charlotte was indeed equipped with a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co.

DavidZornig on June 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Circa 1972 photo added credit Steve Perille, UNC-Charlotte Archives.

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