A new independent movie theater will open in Charlotte


The non-profit community cinema plans to screen diverse, foreign, auteur and independent films.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte will soon have a new theater where independent films will be screened.

The Photo Independent House holds its grand opening on June 24.

The non-profit community cinema plans to screen diverse, foreign, auteur and independent films.

It’s located in NoDa at 4237 Raleigh St., but Brad Ritter, president of the Charlotte Film Society, said he hopes to see the area where the movie theater is located develop its own identity to become known as the Trailhead Arts District. .

Inside the doors of the Independent Picture House, it has all the makings of a movie theater, from candy to popcorn, but the stories that will be told on the screens will be unique.

“Art houses tend to have a community feel,” Ritter said. “It’s the kind of movies you want to watch and then, you know, go out in the lobby and talk to your neighbors and discuss it.”

The Photo Independent House has three theaters of varying sizes and plans to show five or six films a week.

It plans to screen foreign and independent films, which have been missing from Charlotte’s big screens since the Manor Theater closed amid the pandemic in 2020.

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Jay Morong, creative director of the Charlotte Film Society and senior lecturer in theater and film at UNC Charlotte, said Hollywood’s big-budget films tend to have a formulaic storytelling process. He said there’s nothing wrong with that, but he thinks the individual stories told by independent filmmakers have immense value.

“Indie cinema matters because the stories matter,” Morong said. “The stories these artists tell about their experiences, about their ideas, about their thoughts, about their beliefs are important.”

Now independent films will once again have an audience in Charlotte inside the Independent Picture House.

The The Charlotte Film Society raised over $600,000 to open the Independent Picture House through GoFundMe campaigns, seat campaigns, t-shirt sales, and more.

“The community has been really supportive of what we’re trying to do,” Ritter said. “We’re taking it as if they’re saying we want this non-profit community theater in Charlotte.”

The Picture House pays homage to the movie theaters of Charlotte’s past, with pictures on the walls and in the bathrooms. He even gives the Manor Theater popcorn machine a new home at his concession stand.

The stories told by independent films are ready to unfold on the big screens of the picture house. Morong said he hopes people will drift away from the films they see at the Independent Picture House and that it will stimulate a conversation, either within themselves or with other people.

“Art has value to our lives, and it’s, you know, important to teaching us how to be human, so hopefully that stays with them,” Morong said.

Grand Opening Tickets June 24 are now on sale.

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