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This theater never reopened after the COVID lock downs and the web site is dormant.
Movies return to the Mars Theatre starting Friday, December 10, 2021 with the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery screening occasional flicks.
A new pocket park was recentlydedicated on the site of this theater called ‘The Ritz at Washington Heights’ in honor of the demolished cinema. An outdoor stage will occasionally screen movies.
The Paramount closed in 1959.
Today’s Charlotte Observer reports that construction on the theater continues despite the hotel tower being put on hold indefinitely. The steel framework is completed for the first few floors that will hold the lobby and administrative offices. Completion is expected in late 2022. Picture added of the framework as of April 2021.
I’ve only uncovered 4 theaters from Charlotte’s segregated past. The Savoy and Lincoln were on the east side of town and the Grand and Ritz were on the west side. Each of those spots operated under different names at some point but I haven’t found any information on other cinemas for blacks.
Work continues on the theater but hotel construction has been put on hold. Not canceled but delayed indefinitely due to Pandemic uncertainties. Most recent estimates for the theater completion is fall of 2022.
All that remains is a vacant lot.
Several pictures and ads shown for this theatre are actually for the original Broadway Theater that stood at 15 West Trade street and operated from 1915 until the early 20’s. The Broadway Theatre at 209 S. Tryon was opened on March 16, 1925.
The original vertical sign has been relamped and the red neon outlining the Mars Theatre name is all working in December 2020.
The front facade has recently been renovated. Original stucco has been uncovered after the removal of a crumbling thin set brick veneer and new entrance doors were added. The ghost outline of the original marquee is visible over the entrance. Pics added in photo section.
Web site states this location has closed after recently opening another theater at Prosperity Village in the suburbs.
Closing announced for some time in the first half of February 2020. The space is being converted to office and retail use. This will leave Charlotte with only one art house cinema – the 2 screen Manor Theatre.
Work is underway to totally renovate this space for live performances for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. It’s totally gutted inside with new steelwork in place for the balcony and a new stage area. The exterior will be restored to its original looking movie theater roots. Seating capacity will be about 350 with around a $3 million budget. Completion is planned for late 2020 or early 2021.
The Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theater opened November 16, 2019. Many original details remain. The large stainless brewing tanks line the right side wall in the lower seating area. The screen remains as well as some of the seating. Several areas in the balcony and orchestra floor have been leveled for seating and bar areas but the overall vibe is original and cool. Always a modest building, it still has interesting touches throughout. The original glass windowed baby cry room is intact in one back corner of the balcony. The original ticket booth and projection room are on view with one projector still in place. Remnants of the segregated entrance and seating area for black patrons is in the other rear corner of the balcony. Definitely worth a trip to see the adaptive reuse of this vintage small town theater.
The construction crane is being erected for the 34 story high rise hotel going over the lobby area. Target dates for completion: Fall 2021 for the theater and spring 2022 for the Intercontinental Hotel.
According to the theaters web site movies have been discontinued at this venue as of September 2019.
Permanently closed after a December 2018 snowstorm caused damage to the roof. Engineering cost estimates for repair proved too high to make repairs feasible according to the owners.
This building still stands at 41 N. Main but has been extensively remodeled. The upstairs is residential while the downstairs is being used for storage.
New ownership and much remodeling will soon turn this space into the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery at Mars Theatre.
The Iron Horse Station at 24 Andrews Ave. states on their web site that the building they occupy was formerly a movie theater. I assume this was the Times Theatre.
This theater is still standing and worth a look inside. It’s been extensively remodeled but the lobby area gives a glimpse of how grand the space was. The balcony has been leveled to serve as retail space and is currently a consignment store. The lower level is a custom upholstery furniture store.
Reopened as the Hometown Cinemas in June 2019 after a remodeling inside and out. It’s still a twin with each theater holding 250 and shows first run films
Signage recently went up that this theater is currently for lease or sale.
The construction fence is up around the theater and work has begun on the renovation.