Performing Arts/Theaters, Charlotte
From the late 1950s to the late '90s, The Knight Publishing Co. owned Charlotte's daily newspapers. James Knight was the publisher for a time and although they now have no direct ties to the city, their (charitable) foundation
Theatre Charlotte is one of the many performing arts venues to choose from in the Charlotte area. Check out the website for more details.
It's a little tricky to find this place, so instead of looking for Queens, look for 3rd and Queens and you're almost there.
Go to a movie! I usually go to Phillips Place Cinemas (Fairview Rd. near Sharon Rd.). Phillips Place is also one of the better shopping areas. It's a super-glorified strip mall on a Beverly Hills snobby type of scale. Hang out here one evening and you'll realize that all these local bankers are raking in the big bucks. The Palm and PF Chang's restaurants are both located here.
Alright, not exactly a must see, but if you want to see some 'artsy-fartsy' movies, this is the place to go. Only two screens, but the old, worn feel adds to the ambience. I've noticed a trend in the U.S. There are so many new multi-plex theaters with 30 or 40 screens, all with modern sound systems and comfy, stadium seating complete with armrests and cupholders, but in a lot of cities, the hottest theater in town is the retro, throwback, old school variety like the Manor.
The North Carolina Blumenthal Centre for the Performing Arts is the place you want for theatre and that sort of thing. However, the McColl Centre for the Arts is more of an educational centre than anything else. It was built and paid for by the personable multimillionaire, Hugh McColl.
Charlotte is becoming more and more known for its arts scene. In the summer months, you should definitely head over to South Park Mall where on Sunday evenings you'll find The Pops at South Park, a free classical music concert throughout the summer at the brand new (as of 2002) pavilion.
I always enjoy seeing kids doing great things, and whenever I go to a children's theater, I'm always impressed with the boldness and imagination with which kids can play a role. This makes a great family outing.
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What once was an old Baptist church, is now an arts education center. There are two theaters inside as well as art classes and workshops.