CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A major makeover is in the works for an historic uptown theatre. The Carolina Theatre on Tryon Street is now vacant, but that could all change soon.
The city currently owns the building and the property and they're planning to sell. Right now there are two proposals on the table from two different developers. Both proposals would see the theatre refurbished and open to the public. A non-profit would add office space, while another organization would add condos or a hotel.
The theatre was built in 1927 and was both a performing arts space and a silent film theatre. The building once played host to the likes of Elvis Presley and Bob Hope.
"This was the first air conditioned building in Charlotte. So, it was pretty amazing for it's time, to come and experience the theatre and air conditioning," said Bob Drayton.
Drayton works for the city and has served as property manager for the theatre for the last 15 years. He describes the theatre as it once was.
"It did have crystal chandeliers. It had some pretty ornate architecture. You can see some of the remains on the murals on the walls."
Today, most of those luxuries are long gone, or in storage, but some things remain. There's graffiti on the wall dating back to the 1940s.
"I was just exploring and walking around and saw these dates, and I thought it's great that it's been here all these years. That people left their mark," said Drayton.
A restoration might mean a new generation of audience members. "It would be an opportunity for more people to see what the Carolina Theatre is like inside," he added.
Charlotte's Economic Development Committee will consider the two developer proposals possibly by November.
The Committee will make a recommendation to City Council, and it's Council who will make the final decision.