State Theatre

122 East Trade Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Strand Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Criterion Theatre

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This movie theatre opened in downtown Charlotte in 1918 and had several different names over the years. It started life as the Strand Theatre and became the Criterion Theatre in 1931 and then the State Theatre in 1937. It was mostly a second run house and movies often shared the bill with vaudeville acts. One programming highlight was the local premier and extended run of the first Oscar winning film “Wings” in 1928 when the theater was know briefly as the Capitol Theatre.

In the 1940’s, the State Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey. Movies continued playing until around 1952.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 3:17 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments” page 551, the “Sunset Amus Co.” of Charlotte had a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co. I could not find a page for them, so I am putting this here for the time being.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

The March 14, 1953, issue of Boxoffice said that the State Theatre had been closed and converted to commercial use “about a year ago.”

Patsy on March 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

Photos, anyone?

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