Thousands Rally Around Petition To Save Charlotte’s Historic Park Terrace Theater


A new petition is starting to spread around Charlotte’s online community after plans were announced last week that the historic Park Terrace Theater would be closing.

The petition is called, “Save Park Terrace theatre Charlotte from developers“, and as of Thursday morning, it’s already received 3,397 signatures – just 1,603 shy of its 5,000 signature goal.

The petition reads;

One of Charlotte’s oldest theatres is rumored to be closing December 17th. This historic theatre is a Charlotte landmark and vital cultural asset to our community. Edens is the owner of the Park Road shopping center. They are based in Columbia, SC and, as such, are removed from recognizing the emotional and cultural impact of this decision, especially for close-in city dwellers, of which there are more and more each day. I urge you to go to their website and contact them and urge them against this decision. Save Park Terrace theatre. Many things are more valuable than merely the highest bidder.

Hundreds of people commented on the petition, sharing their memories of the theater, and their anger toward the thought of shutting it down;

The historic cinema first opened in 1964 as the Park Terrace Theater (25 years after Charlotte’s first cinema opened – Dilworth Theater). Consolidated Theatres spent $2 million on renovating the theater in 1996, doubling its number of screens from 3 to 6. Regal then bought the theater from Consolidated in 2008.

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I reached out to Eden’s for comment and they said they’re currently in negotiations with a tenant that plans on bringing a new entertainment option to the 20,000+ SqFt building.

Once negotiations are finalized, they will release the name of the new tenant and the plans for the building.

They assured me that the building will not be torn down or sold.