American Theater

446 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About American Theater

Opened in 1942 as Charleston’s premiere movie house, The American Theater’s roots are regal Art-Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour. In fact, it played a critical role as the first date location in Allie + Noah's love story in The Notebook!

Today, The American is a stylish and sophisticated event venue, worthy of red carpets and dazzling marquees. Framed faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age and vintage movie posters recall this National Historic Landmark’s early days. A luxurious Grand Ballroom with handmade milk-glass chandeliers is a stunning set for life’s great scenes.

Conveniently located on Upper King Street in the heart of Downtown Charleston, the American Theater provides the perfect setting for your welcome party, reception, or after party! For your big day, PPHG not only offers a beautiful venue backdrop, we also provide full-service catering, bar service, and exquisite wedding cakes and custom confections.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Elegant ballroom, complete with entertainment stage
  • Stunning marquee overlooking King Street, customizable for your big day!
  • Tables, chairs, and select serviceware for up to 150 guests included in rental
  • Cinema with stadium seating for private film screenings
  • In-house audio visual equipment and wireless microphones
  • Expansive lobby and concessions area, ideal for registration, welcome information, and pre-event festivities
  • Intimate lounge with private bar, presentation screen, and projector (a great space for getting ready the day-of!)
  • Handicap accessible

HISTORY

Named in honor of our country's servicemen and women, the American Theater opened on September 19, 1942, as Downtown Charleston's premier movie house. Following the decline in theaters across the country, the American Theater eventually sat vacant for 20 years. But in 1997 when the vacant building had been all but forgotten, it was brought back to its former glory after being purchased and fully restored by the Patrick family. The restoration of the American Theater spearheaded the revitalization of Upper King Street, helping create what would become the bustling area of Downtown Charleston we all know today.

Every September 19th, PPHG celebrates the birthday of a building that keeps on giving. 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, continuing to believe in the promise of a once-forgotten neighborhood.

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4 Reviews for American Theater

Recommended by 95% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.4
  • Average response time 4.8
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    Chelsy · Married on 07/16/2011

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The American Theater was truly a find. It is really a gem! We had our wedding reception here and it was a bLAST! The staff was SO attentive and kind and had attention to detail like you wouldn't believe. My husband and I are movie buffs and we have "old school" personalities, so this gem from American history was the perfect backdrop for our event. We decided on this theatre late in our wedding planning stage, switching from another Charleston venue and boy are we NOT sorry that we did!! Our wedding was a destination wedding, and everyone raved about the location and the ambiance of the theatre. The food was TO DIE FOR (the caterer for this location is FISH from the Fish restaurant downtown!!) and it is owned by the Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. The booking staff and the general managers that worked with us were great! They were available to my planners at the drop of a hat, and were very accomodating and very helpful, seeing as though we dont live in SC and weren't able to see the venue until the week of. This property comes HIGHLY recommended- we loved our reception here it was a night never to forget - by us or our guests!!

    Sent on 08/03/2011
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    Cindy · Married on 02/25/2012

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    American Theater is a Patrick Properties venue. The setting was exactly what was wanted by the bride and groom. The space size was perfect and the staff worked very well with us. Margaret Roberts was a dream to work with; listening and assisting with all aspects of the reception.

    Sent on 03/31/2012

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American Theater FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Flatware
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 4
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    Open Bar
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    200
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    March
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October
    November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    July
    August
    December

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    8773079243 (Phone number)
    8438531810 (Other Phone Number)
    8433770358 (Fax Number)
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American Theater frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at American Theater?

American Theater includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Flatware
  • Tables

At American Theater, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

American Theater includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At American Theater, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at American Theater includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of American Theater in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by American Theater for wedding events is known for:

  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at American Theater for wedding events?

American Theater offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does American Theater offer?

American Theater offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does American Theater offer for wedding events?

American Theater offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does American Theater have available for wedding events?

American Theater offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend American Theater and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

American Theater is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5.0 in quality of service, 5.0 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.6 in flexibility and 4.4 in value.