Balcony entrance.

Carolina Theatre, perhaps circa its opening about 1930.

The Carolina (later Drake) Theatre was one of several theaters operating west of the tracks that either did not admit Black patrons or relegated them to the balcony until the mid-1960s. The balcony entrance is plainly visible at left.

Below, the old theatre in 2020.

Top photo courtesy of Steve Brown; original credit unknown. Bottom photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, September 2020.

2 comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this photo. I’ve been trying to find out about the Carolina Theater in Charlotte, NC and whether Blacks were allowed in there before the sixties. Still trying to figure that out.

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