421 E. Sugar Creek Road,
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Blackbox Theater (Official)
Firms: Atkinson/Dyer/Watson (ADW)
Functions: Live Music Venue
Previous Names: Tyron Mall Theatre, Tyron Mall I & II Theatres, Tyron Mall Triple, Sugar Creek Cinema, Tyron Mall 4
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Tryon Mall Theatre was the sister theatre to the Queens Park 6. Although she has been closed only three years more than the Queens Park 6, the Tryon Mall Theatre sat in a white wash of decay.
This theatre was located in the back of the Tyron Mall Shopping Center at the intersection of N. Tyron Street & Sugar Creek Road. The Tyron Mall Theatre was Charlotte’s second Ultravision theatre (after the Park Terrace Theatre), and the last single screen theatre to be built in Charlotte. The Tyron Mall Theatre upon it’s opening was an ultra-modern showplace of charm and beauty, with its luxurious seating, full stereophonic sound and spectacular Ultravision screening. This cinema was beautifully designed both inside and out under the ABC Southestern Theatres banner.
The Tyron Mall Theatre’s premiere attraction was Paul Newman and Lee Marvin in “Pocket Money” on March 24, 1972. By 1974, a second auditorium was added to the original building making it a twin. It was renamed Tyron Mall I & II Theatres on December 25, 1974 with James Caan in “Freebie and the Bean”. By 1983, the original auditorium was split down the middle to add a third screen, and on April 13, 1984 the second auditorium was also split down the middle, making it a four screen multiplex with shoebox auditoriums and smaller screens, each with 350-seats. By 1989 it went from showing first run features to becoming a second run discount movie house until the Tyron Mall closed in 1996.
It briefly reopened on May 9, 1997 as the Sugar Creek Cinema, which closed in December 1997.
By May 2022 it had been renovated and converted into a live music venue name Blackbox Theater.
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