Closure Of Charlotte's Manor Theatre Is The End Of An Era
Charlotte's Manor Theatre has closed its doors after 73 years. The Manor Theatre in Myers Park was Charlotte's oldest movie house opened on April 11, 1947 with searting for 700. On its opening night in 1947 the featured movie was "The Egg and I," a romantic comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray.
With it's demise we lose our last art house cinema and a cultural icon. The Manor Theatre was truly an institution in the Queen City and I always enjoyed going there to see films that no other theatre in Charlotte was showing. I know I won't be the only Charlottean who will miss The Manor, even though I didn't "know" the theatre during its first 50 years, not being a Charlotte native. The Manor didn't just provide me an opportunity to watch independent films that didn't play elsewhere in the Charlotte area... it also provided me great memories of the movie theatres I attended as a child in the 1950's. The new multi-plex theatres still seem cold and charmless to me. I never drove past The Manor without taking a look at the marquee to see what was playing.
The closing of The Manor Theatre was preceded by the closing of The Regal Ballantyne Village Movie Theatre earlier this year, also a source of independent films and film festivals. At one time Charlotte had 13 screens for independent films... with the closing of The Manor Theatre, Charlotte now has none. It's an end of an era in more than one way.
The Manor Theatre ended its 73 year run with one word on its marquee: "FIN" and a thank you to Charlotte for 73 wonderful years. I think it is we who should be thanking The Manor Theatre for enriching our lives for so many years.