Belvedere Theatre

2738 Rozzelles Ferry Road,
Charlotte, NC 28208

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randwolf13 on September 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

This former theater now dentist office is not on the south side of town and to my knowledge was never “Negros Only”. It is located about 2 miles northwest of uptown Charlotte. I went there many times throughout the 1960"s.

raysson on June 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I have the opening ad to the grand opening of the Belvedere Theatre from December 25,1950 from The Charlotte Observer.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

This web page from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce tells about the conversion of the Belvedere Theatre into offices. It gives the wrong opening year, though- 1955. It also says that the house was originally built for African American audiences, but doesn’t cite a source. The caption of the 1951 Boxoffice photo I linked to didn’t say anything about it being an African American house, and that’s something the magazine usually noted in those days.

This Blogger post has scans of a couple of ads from the Belvedere Theatre, about third of the way down. The last comment on the page, by John McElwee, also has information about the Belvedere from a former patron who attended the house around the time it opened (the page is formated to have pale type on a black background and is virtually unreadable. Try left-clicking your mouse and highlighting the text as though to copy it, and it should become readable.

raysson on June 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

Opened on December 25,1950

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on April 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Just added an Ad from the Charlotte Observer – 1965 for the theater.

RBTClt53 on March 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Raysson, where does your information come from? I attended movies here in the late 50s and early 60s and remember a lot of Rock Hudson, Doris Day, beach and surf movies and one stand out – PT109 from 1963. I know I was only a child – wow, I was 10 years old in ‘63. I distinctly remember going to this theater to see PT109 with my two younger cousins in tow and no parental supervision, because a boy I didn’t know sat beside me and I was so shy I took my cousins in hand and walked them home without seeing the end of the movie. We are white and I do not recall blacks there, and it certainly was not “Negroes Only” at this time. I’m not being racist or attacking anyone here, I’m just really puzzled and sincerely want to find the source of this information. Was it newspaper ads for movies? Can you tell me more? The opening announcement linked in the message above doesn’t indicate this is a black only theater, or integrated either. My elementry school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg integrated in 1965.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte has a collection of drawings and blueprints of projects built by the Mecklenburg Iron Works, and the Belvedere Theatre is among them. The Mecklenburg collection is not yet among the library’s special collections that are available online. If someone with access to the library could take a look at them, the name of the architect is probably on them. As the drawings are in a special collection, the library might require advance notice from anyone who wants to examine them. Here is the library’s web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Here is the new location to the 1951 Boxoffice photo of the Belvedere Theatre that Gerald DeLuca linked to in an earlier comment.

Susan Walker
Susan Walker on December 23, 2011 at 3:33 am

This article appeared in today’s Charlotte Observer – wonderful!

RBTClt53 on September 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I was born in this area in 1953 and clearly recall going to see many movies at the Belvedere through the 60s. I do not recall the theater being a “Negro Only” theater, where did you get this information? To my knowledge during this time the area was predominately white, but that had changed in by the 70s.

nhoj on February 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Update…the building will be saved and renovated for office uses. I’ve heard the owners are attempting to retain as many historic elements as possible. Also, in response to Mark in NC above, the neighborhood itself is going through tremendous restoration of both residential and non-residendtial properties. Unfortunately, its reputation will preceed its reality for some time.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on December 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Here is my picture from December 2010.

TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Nice Boxoffice photo Gerald.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Crying shame a city that prides it self on being so progressive like Charlotte would let the Belvedere rot.But you saw what they did to the CAROLINA in Charlotte.Atlanta it ain’t and never will be.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 3:59 am

Small photo of Belvedere Theatre, Boxoffice magazine, January 6, 1951:
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ncmark on April 11, 2006 at 9:48 am

This theater sits in the middle of one of Charlotte’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. It’s a shame because the exterior is very nice in a simple sort of way. I know of no talks about reuse or preservation of this building. In fact, I’ve never seen any mention of this building in the local media.

weder61 on April 6, 2006 at 7:34 pm

I worked at the Belvedere theater somewhere around 1959 selling concessions. It was for all people then. My dad also worked there for a while running the projectors. We had to work long hours, and I can still remember going up the street a few blocks to buy hamburgers on my breaks. It was a very nice theater and people were not allowed to misbehave. They were asked to leave if they did. The manager of the theater was a nice gentleman and operated it with class.