Charlotte’s historical hidden gems: McGlohon Theater

Charlotte’s historical hidden gems: McGlohon Theater
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (Courtesy Blumenthal Performing Arts)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte is home to many historic spots if you know where to look. In fact, there are hidden pieces of history right in the heart of uptown, such as McGlohon Theater.

Going to a show at McGlohon Theater is an experience.

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The pride of Spirit Square, this space was originally the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, a church built in 1909.

The 730-seat theater has beautiful stained-glass windows and a Byzantine dome -- architectural details that were carefully restored.

Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte
Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte (Courtesy Blumenthal Performing Arts)

McGlohon’s calendar includes theater productions, comedy shows, film festivals and musical artists, including past performers such as Arlo Guthrie, Indigo Girls, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo, Eric Johnson, Taj Mahal and David Crosby.

Fun fact: The theater is named in honor of the late, legendary Charlotte jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon.

Find it: 345 North College St., Charlotte, NC, 28202

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McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (Courtesy Blumenthal Performing Arts)