December 21, 2011
The Carolina Theatre in Charlotte,
NC is an historic American theater
built in 1927 as part of Paramount’s
Publix Theatre chain. Exterior facade
was designed by 28202’s preeminent
architect, C.C. Hook, who was designer
The Duke Mansion: a Charlotte historic
Greek revival City’s interior, decorated to
evoke the illusion of the open air Spanish
patio overlooking azure skies of Mediterranean,
was created by the atmospheric theatre designer
R.E. Hall of New York. It was a young construction
company, J.A. Jones, built the theater for the Publix
franchise owner, the Cutter family.
The theatre opened with great fanfare on March 7, 1927
and the Charlotte Observer produced a 14 page document
commemorated opening the theatre. The Observer had many
facts and ads congratulating the opening of the theatre the next
day. The Carolina was a small movie palace adorned with many of
the same type of amenities of some of its larger theatre cousins. Air
conditioning; one of extras that the theatre had to offer patrons; most
people hadn’t even heard of air conditioning at the time. Beautiful “egg
& dart” molding, made of plaster adorned the entire ceiling while an eight
rank Wurlitzer organ played music to go along with the latest silent film.
In 1938, the theatre had a major overhaul; the air conditioner was
replaced, larger seats installed projectors, sound equipment were
put in and the murals were replaced. The new murals were put on
acoustic tiles to help the patrons hear the new “talkies” with more
clarity. The acoustics were so lively; the dialog could not be easily
Throughout the years, the Carolina Theatre was the focal point for
live entertainment in the Charlotte region… Road shows, musicals
and other forms of entertainment brought such stars as Bob Hope,
Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, Tom MiX, Jimmy Stewart,
Andy Griffith, Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead,
Frank Sinatra and ELVIS showed twice we heard, his
sone, from Germany, played same stage only twice.
Posted by David Buckle at 6:50 pm
May 19, 2019 at 4:10 PM
Rest knowing all is so safe in My Hands.
Rest is Trust. Ceaseless activity is distrust.
Without the knowledge that I am working for
you, you do not rest. Inaction will be despair.
My Hand is not shortened that it cannot save.
Know that, repeat it, rely on it, welcome the
knowledge, delight in it. Such truth is hope
flung to a drowning man.
Every repetition of it is one pull nearer shore and safety.
Let that illustration teach you a great truth. Do lay hold of the
truth, pray it, affirm it, hold on to the rope. Oh, how foolish are
your attempts to save yourself… one hand on the rope, and one
making efforts to swim ashore! You may relinquish your hold of the
rope and hinder the rescuer
..– who has to act with the greater caution lest he lose you-..
The storms and tempests are not all of life.
The Psalmist said
“All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me”
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of
and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
Meditate upon this wonderful truth…And the three steps safety,
(1) “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit”
– Safety –
(2) “He set my feet upon a rock”
is the final stage when saved souls trust Me entirely. It seeks
no more, its own way, but leaves all future plans to Me its Rescuer.