New Location Falls Through For Actor's Theatre Of Charlotte

Jun 28, 2016

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is once again a theater without a stage. The group thought they were close to securing a new location…but as WFAE’s Sarah Delia reports, that’s now a no-go.

Over the last year Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has been on the hunt for a new location. They’ve known that their home of over 10 years on East Stonewall Street in uptown was going to be sold for redevelopment and that they’d need to be out by July 2016.

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's East Stonewall Street location.
Credit Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

They thought they found that new home in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood on Louise Avenue, a stone’s throw away from Plaza Midwood.

But on Friday they got word that they wouldn’t be moving into the former cookie factory they hoped to renovate into a theater. Martin Kettling the theater’s GM says it came down to one thing:

“To money. What we can afford in town and what we can afford to pay to do the renovations to make these spaces into theaters.”

The theater only raised about $500,000, short of their $750,000 goal.

The sale of their current location is still in the works, so they can stay put on East Stonewall Street for the time being—although not long enough to get comfortable.

Kettling says they continue to look and have seen some promising locations, but they’re getting desperate.

“There’s real hardship that could be on our doorstep here. This is a scary time for the theater.”

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte just wrapped up their 27th season. They’re hoping to do two performances by the end of this year…although where the shows will go on remains unclear.