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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
MAJOR CHANGES FOR FIRST TUESDAY CONCERTS IN FALL OF 2012
Charlotte Chamber Music has merged with the Bechtler Museum.
The first Tuesday of each month during the school year (September through May), the Bechtler/Charlotte Chamber Music combine presents an opportunity for "...Exhilaration in Under an Hour" in uptown Charlotte by sponsoring free 45 minute chamber music concerts at 12:10 and again at 5:30 PM. Free wine and hors d'oeuvres are offered after the 5:30 performance. Last year programs ranged from Beethoven and Baroque to Kenneth Frazelle's "Appalachian Songbook."
Beginning on 2 October 2012, these concerts will be given on the fourth floor of the Bechtler Museum in the 500 block of South Tryon Street.
Parking is available in the Levine Center for the Arts parking garage, at 550 South Tryon Street. The Visitor entrance to the Museum is located on West Stonewall Street. (Visitors must bring their parking ticket to the Bechtler admission desk for validation. Daily rates for Bechtler visitors are $1 for the first half hour and $1 for each additional half hour.)
The season opening First Tuesday Concerts highlight the Bechtler Ensemble in the following program:
Francis Poulenc - Cello Sonata FP143 (1. Allegro, 3. Ballabile, 2. Cavatine)
Igor Stravinsky - Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1, Lent et douloureux
The 5:30 pm concert features an additional work to enjoy:
Kurt Weill - Cello Sonato, 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
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
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.