State Theatre

20 N. Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Previously operated by: Publix

Previous Names: Piedmont Theatre, Alhambra Theatre

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State Theatre

The Piedmont Theatre opened on December 23, 1912 with vaudville and photo-plays. The exotic name change to Alhambra Theatre came on September 18, 1922. Following a renovation it reopened as the State Theatre on September 21, 1931 with Edmund Lowe in “S.S. Transatlantic”. It was operated by North Carolina Theaters, a subsidiary of Publix. It was closed in 1937. The owners then took the State Theatre name around the corner to an existing 645-seat theatre (former Strand/Criterion/Capitol) around the corner on E. Trade Street.

Today the 60 story Bank of America corporate headquarters stands on the site of the State Theatre.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

ncmark on April 11, 2006 at 9:40 am

A photo of the Alhambra is in a new book entitled ‘Charlotte: then and Now’. The picture is actually of the Efird’s department store which was right next door but you can see the theater marquee and exterior wedged right up against it. Another picture in the book shows a vintage art deco Woolworths on the theater site. That building too has since been demolished to make way for the B of A skyscraper.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I am working on a project on “Lost” Charlotte Movie Theaters for UNC-Charlotte where i am a faculty member. Would love to get in touch with anyone who as insight into this theater (stories, pics, whatever). You can send me an email at and hopefully we can talk about your interest or info on the lost theaters of Charlotte. – Thanks

rivest266 on January 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Reopened as Alhambra on September 18th, 1922. Grand opening ad posted.

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