CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Some of Hollywood's classics will be played in an outdoor series this summer called "Movies Under the Stars." The event is a chance to celebrate the history of Charlotte's Carolina Theatre at Belk Place.
The four-part series will be open and free to the public at Carolina Theatre Pocket Park at the corner of North Tryon and Sixth Street.
"Movies Under the Stars" is presented in conjunction with Charlotte City Center Partners and Foundation for The Carolinas. Each movie in the series was chosen to highlight a particular part of the theater's history. For instance, they are kicking off "Movies Under the Stars" with the musical that shot Julie Andrews to superstardom, "The Sound of Music." This movie holds a record for the theater, running for 79 weeks in a row.
Carolina Theatre has a significant history in uptown Charlotte. It was built in 1927, the same year movie icon, Alfred Hitchcock, released his first movie as a director, "The Pleasure Garden". Hitchcock's "Rear Window" will play July 28.
According to Center City Partners, Jimmy Stewart, who start in this famous Hitchcock thriller, once visited the Carolina Theatre.
Stanley Kubrick's 1960's futuristic sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" runs on August 4.
Elvis lovers will be able to see "The King" in his hip-swiveling blockbuster, "Jailhouse Rock" August 11.
The theater operated into the 1970s but has long been vacant. But that will soon change.
The Foundation for the Carolinas is currently working on a major renovation of Carolina Theatre and will become, what Charlotte Center City Partners describes as, 'a center of a broader collection of venues, named Belk Place, designed to serve as a hub for philanthropy and civic engagement'. The renovation is expected to be complete in 2018-2019.
They are recommending you bring blankets or chairs to sit on.
The "Movies Under the Stars" series is listed below.
- “The Sound of Music” - July 21
- “Rear Window” - July 28
- “2001: A Space Odyssey” - Aug. 4
- “Jailhouse Rock” - Aug. 11
To learn more about the theater visit: http://www.fftc.org/carolina-theatre.