Retro Charlotte

The Ottoway Theatre, 12 North Tryon Street

Ruth Roland, aka “The Thrill Queen”, starred in this 1922 movie at the Ottoway.
Ruth Roland, aka “The Thrill Queen”, starred in this 1922 movie at the Ottoway. The Charlotte Observer

The Ottoway Theatre opened not far from The Square in 1912. It was Charlotte’s first theater built exclusively to show movies and did a good business until 1930 when it became a victim of the Depression. Click through the slideshow to see ads (and learn what happened when a fire broke out in 1927!)

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