'It was billed as the South's first mall - whatever that was. Graham Beasley was 8 when his parents took the family for the grand opening of Charlottetown Mall in October 1959. They were speechless: There, under one roof, were a fountain, giant planters, rattan bird cages with exotic birds and shops.' - from a 2005 Charlotte Observer story
Wow! Wish I had photos of THAT. Charlottetown Mall which became Outlet Square before it was transformed into Midtown Square was torn down in 2006. The current mixed-use development is Metropolitan.
Did you go to the movies here, or eat at the little S&W 'Silver Grill'?
"Beautiful Mall Addition: This is Charlotte's glittering new Cinema I and II Theatre building which houses the newest and most unusual movie palaces in Charlotte. Built last year at a cost of $1 million, it is North Carolina's first twin theater building. Cinema I has 1000 seats and Cinema II 500. The theatres can play the same picture or show different pictures as they do most of the time. Cinema I and II is on Independence Blvd. just across the street from Charlottetown Mall."
(JUST ADDED) 1980 Silver Grill and S&W Cafeteria served their last meals in Charlottetown Mall.
1980 Silver Grill and S&W Cafeteria.
(JUST ADDED) 1983 Big Star grocery store at Outlet Square.
1984 Outlet Square food court.
1995. Midtown Square and the old Charlottetown Cinemas property up for sale.