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Built in 1927, the Carolina Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Charlotte. In the 1940’s in was operated by Paramount pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey. Despite a successful multi-decade run, the theatre closed in the 1970’s and was torched by arsonists in 1980. Very little is left of the original interior, with its Spanish-Revival style murals, but the shell is viable and could be used to rebuild a new auditorium.
The city of Charlotte is still deciding whether to earmark $13.8 million for the restoration of the shuttered Carolina Theatre. Estimates are that the theater would need roughly $16 million to reopen as a performing arts and community center that would seat between 1,000 and 1,200 patrons.
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