1519 Harden Street,
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Previously operated by: Booker T. Theaters
Architects: William P. Crosland
The Carver Theater, located in Columbia, SC, was one of two theaters that catered exclusively to the African American community.
It was located alongside the Waverly community, which was the pre-eminent African American community in Columbia. Many important community members lived there, including doctors, lawyers, educators, ministers and skilled tradesmen. It was also located in good proximity to historically African American Benedict College and Allen College.
In addition to showing movies, the theater also featured weekly talent shows for area youth that were based on the famous “Amateur Hour” in Harlem.
The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 2003.
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