Charlotte Theatre

123 West Trade Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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The Charlotte Theater

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The Charlotte opened in 1925 in a completely refurbished building that had previously held the Ideal Theatre dating from 1917 and before that, the Princess Theatre dating from around 1913. It was a small, second run theater that had a successful run through the 1960’s but then became a porn theater 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 theaters 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.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

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