The American Theater

Named in honor of America's servicemen and women, The American Theatre opened on September 19, 1942.

Opened in 1942 as Charleston's premier movie house, The American Theater's roots are regal Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour. Today this stylish and sophisticated 8,000-square-foot event venue showcases a grand ballroom, vintage exterior marquee and state-of-the-art cinema with stadium seating. VIRTUAL TOUR + FLOOR PLAN:



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"You are the joy of my life" ✨

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The moment is yours... Oβ€’Wβ€’N it 🀩 πŸ¦‹

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Did Santa bring you a new fiance this year? πŸ’ Now for the fun part... finding your dream venue! If you're thinking of tying the knot in one of the most beautiful cities in the country, give us a shout. Between our five historic Charleston properties, we'll help you find the venue that's perfect for you + your boo! || [email protected]



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β€œYou know it’s love when you want to keep holding hands even after you’re sweaty.” β€” Rita Rudner

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Just like the movies, that's how it should be πŸ’‹ 🎞

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Kiss me in the rain β˜”οΈ

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I think I'm F A L L ing for you πŸ‚πŸ§‘

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For all the days πŸŽžπŸ–€

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HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ to the venue that started it all! On this day, 81 years ago, the American Theater first opened to the public. She's had a crazy journey full of ups and downs, but today, she's living her best life🀍

For PPHG, it all started with an abandoned movie theater in a neglected part of downtown Charleston that everyone had all but forgotten about. Built in 1942 and named in honor of our country's servicemen and women, the American Theater first opened its doors on September 19th. At the time, it was a welcome addition to King Street and provided a wartime escape for the flourishing community north of Calhoun Street. Unfortunately, this golden era was not to last. Attendance dwindled by the 1960s, and in 1977, the American Theater was forced to close its doors. Years passed, and as lower Charleston evolved as the peninsula's center of business and tourism, the building and those nearby were left behind, abandoned as a faded vestige of Upper King Street.

In 1996, the vacant building had fallen into disrepair until the Patrick family decided to invest in a local property while simultaneously helping revive a deteriorating area of their own city. They purchased the American Theater and began a meticulous restoration that would breathe new life into the property and struggling surrounding neighborhood. In spite of significant roof damage, structural deterioration, and asbestos exposure, the American Theater was resurrected.

No one knew it then, but this was the start to future decades of the Patricks finding these forgotten properties full of potential, restoring them to their original beauty, and giving them back to the community as stunning event venues where guests can gather to celebrate life's biggest moments. Leaving a profound legacy of preservation and restoration, the Patrick family sits at the helm of an effort in resurgence and development on Upper King Street and beyond, continuing to believe in the promise of a once-forgotten neighborhood.

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When your big day is all fun and games πŸŽ²β™Ÿ

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After party G O A L S πŸ”₯πŸ’―

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"Looking back now I know it was ALWAYS you" 🀍

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Opened in 1942 as Charleston's premier movie house, the American Theater's regal Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour make this sophisticated event venue worthy of red carpets and dazzling marquees.

It’s no surprise that one of the country’s most beloved and historic cities is home to an Art Deco gem like The American Theater. Today, this stylish 8,000-square-foot event venue on Upper King Street sets the stage for life’s greatest scenes, from weddings and dinner receptions to business seminars and corporate retreats. Entertain a crowd beneath the handmade milk-glass chandeliers of the grand ballroom, or treat your guests to a private film screening inside our quintessential, stadium-seat cinema.

The meticulous restoration of the American Theater returned this upper King Street icon to the spotlight - and garnered a starring role in The Notebook.

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446 King Street
Charleston, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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