123 W. Trade Street,
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Previous Names: Princess Theatre, Ideal Theatre
The Princess Theatre was opened around 1913. From 1917 it was renamed Ideal Theatre. It was refurbished in 1925 and reopened as the Charlotte Theatre. It was a small, second run theatre that had a successful run through the 1960’s but then became a porn theatre for many years.
The architecture was modest but a later marquee did have an interesting cursive font spelling out the name Charlotte. The building sat empty for a time and hung on longer than all the other downtown theatres except the Carolina Theatre, but has since been demolished.
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