Retro Charlotte

Fred’s Recreation Hall: 1920s & 1930s

Fred Hyam’s billiard parlor, W. Trade St. Undated
Fred Hyam’s billiard parlor, W. Trade St. Undated The Charlotte Observer

A Facebook friend posted old photos of her step-great grandfather’s pool hall and I wanted to know more! Fred Hyams ran a successful billiard parlor uptown for decades, aiming to provide “genteel surroundings in a morally conducted amusement hall.” The pool hall originated on W. Trade, possibly moved to another spot on W. Trade, went to S. Church, and finally to S. Tryon.

I hope you enjoy the photos, stories, and ads. (Thanks for advertising with the Charlotte Observer, Mr. Hyams!)

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