Retro Charlotte

A look back at cinema in Charlotte

The drive-in opened in 1949 at 3015 Kilborne Avenue, near Central Avenue. It changed names a few times and was the Big A when it closed in 1976. Calvary Christian Church now stands on the site. (1976)
The drive-in opened in 1949 at 3015 Kilborne Avenue, near Central Avenue. It changed names a few times and was the Big A when it closed in 1976. Calvary Christian Church now stands on the site. (1976) The Charlotte News

My first job as a high school student was at SouthPark Cinemas, which is now gone. Working the Midnight Movies was enjoyable – the things I saw, especially when “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was playing.

Now, as The Observer’s photo archivist and librarian, I have a treasure trove of history at my fingertips. Since the 1880’s The Observer has documented major events, local news and everyday life through words and images. Our microfilm and photograph collection hold answers and surprises.

Three times a week you’ll find a new post on my Retro Charlotte blog under the Full Menu/News tab at charlotteobserver.com. I also tweet photos and ads several times a week (you can follow me on Twitter: @ObserverArchive)

Sunday’s offering: A look at the cinema through Charlotte-area movie theaters of the past. Places like the Savoy, located in the African-American Brooklyn community, to the Dilworth Theatre on South Boulevard destroyed in a 1984 fire, to the Fox X-rated drive-in on Old Statesville Road that some Charlotteans remember driving past as kids in their parents’ car.

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