371 King Street,
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This old-vaudeville-house-turned-cinema, located a few blocks down King Street from the Riviera Theater, has had the most difficult time of Charleston’s historic theaters.
Erected in 1918, the theater ran successfully until the 1970’s, when it closed. Seven years later, in 1977, the theater was restored.
During the 1980’s, the theater was used for performances during Charleston’s famous Spoleto Festival and eventually transformed into a performing arts space.
The City of Charleston did not renew its lease of the theater in 2003, and despite efforts of the Friends of the Garden Theater, the theater was converted into retail space.
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