44 George Street,
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Sottile Theatre (Official)
Previous Names: Gloria Theatre
Probably the most popular and modern movie theatre on King Street in Charleston, SC during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Built in 1927 with 1,800 seats, the Gloria Theatre must have been renovated in the late-1950’s or early 1960’s as I recall loving their comfortable, padded rocking seats and modern decor.
My fondest memories of the Gloria: Seeing Elvis Presley in “GI Blues” three times in on day and the “shocking” premiere of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. The Gloria Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1975.
Today, this wonderful theatre is currently owned by the College of Charleston and used by their Theatre Department, known as the Sottile Theatre.
Hopefully, by adding the name to this site, many other fans of the Gloria Theatre will share their memories and facts about this wonderful theatre. I also hope others will share their thoughts on another Charleston theatre (the Ashley) that was one of the few theatres not located in downtown Charleston, but across the river in St. Andrews Parish.
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