Academy of Music

210 S. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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The Academy of Music was Charlotte’s cultural center until it ws destroyed by fire on December 16, 1922. It opened on September 26, 1902 and was by the architectural firm of Hook & Sawyer. C. C. Hook would go on to be the local architect who contributed to the Carolina Theatre in 1927. A detailed article from the Charlotte Observer on September 8. 1902 gives a glowing write up on the details of the space.

All types of entertainment were presented here but movies played a vital role in the programming including ‘Quo Vadis’ in 1913, ‘Birth of a Nation’ in 1915, ‘Intolerance’ in 1917 and ‘Way Down East’ in 1921.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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ncmark
ncmark on December 9, 2008 at 5:07 am

The following entertainers appeared on stage here: John Phillips Sousa on 1-26-06, Sarah Bernhardt 1-8-17, Julian Eltinge on 1-29-17, Billie Burke on 3-1-15 and Helen Keller on 4-27-16. New film projectors were installed for movies in September 1913.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on July 26, 2012 at 5:15 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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