City and County Contributions to the Carolina Theatre at Belk Place

The revitalization of the Carolina Theatre would not have been possible without critical contributions from the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. In June of 2013, the city transferred ownership of the 36,000-square-foot historic Carolina Theatre to the Foundation For The Carolinas for one dollar. Two years later, Mecklenburg County commissioners agreed unanimously to award $4.2 million toward the theater’s renovation, matching the value of the property deeded by the city ($3.7 million), with an additional gift of $500,000 to help recreate the marquee signs on the building’s exterior. In the final months of its campaign with estimated construction ballooning to $51 million, Charlotte’s City Council members awarded the Theatre project an additional $4.5 million to ensure the Carolina Theatre fundraising campaign would reach its target.