CAROLINA MONTHLY|Written by Andrea Sturdivant|July 6, 2017
The Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte is set for renovation, and will soon serve as a dynamic civic hub located adjacent to Foundation of the Carolinas’ headquarters facility on North Tryon Street.
The Charlotte City Council entrusted the Foundation with ownership of the 36,000-square-foot historic Carolina Theatre. In June 2013, the City of Charlotte entered into a contract with the Foundation to renovate and restore the property.
The Carolina theater dates all the way back to 1927. For decades, the 28,000-square-foot theater was a major and popular venue. The theater started playing first silent and then sound movies and hosting burlesque acts.
The Carolina Theatre was built in 1927 and was a major performance venue for the Charlotte region, hosting incredible talent as Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn and Elvis Presley. The theatre, once a jewel in Charlotte’s crown, has stood largely vacant since 1978.
As part of the renovation that is restoring the landmark theater, the theater will be joined with the Foundation’s headquarters next door. When it reopens, Carolina Theatre will host arts & entertainment offerings such as film, comedy, and music, as well as serve as a meeting place for the community and host arts programs. The original Carolina theater built in 1927 seated 1,400 people while the renovated venue of the theater will accommodate about 950 people.
For more information on the Carolina theater, https://www.fftc.org/carolina-theatre.