Skip to main content
Weddings

American Theater

Charleston, SC View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
6 reviews
Up to 200 guests

About

Up to 200 guests

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.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

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?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

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
Rated
4.8
out of 5.0
Recommended by 97% of couples
  • Quality of service
    Rating 5 out of 5
  • Average response time
    Rating 4.8 out of 5
  • Professionalism
    Rating 5 out of 5
  • Value
    Rating 4.6 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.8 out of 5

15 User photos

  • T
    Tyler R. Married on 06/19/2021
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Amazing, Unique Reception Space

    We decided to host our wedding reception here and while it was a bit of a gamble - it's hard to find a ton of other examples of receptions here - it paid off! With the help of the amazing PPHG staff, we were able to create the reception of our dreams. We leaned into the Art-Deco/Cinema/Vintage theme and utilized the entire unique space. This is just a really awesome historic venue that can offer a really memorable reception if you want something different!

    American Theater's reply:

    Hi Tyler - Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Your reception was beautiful, and we're so happy everything lived up to your expectations for your big day. Congratulations to you both, and cheers to your future adventures together!
  • A
    Anna Married on 08/27/2016
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    So when I first started looking at wedding venues I wanted something in the spring and outdoors in one of the local gardens. And on a whim I toured The American Theater and I knew it was meant to be the moment I walked in. We had our ceremony in the actual cinema, cocktails in the lounge, and the ballroom was there for the reception. It was wonderful having everything in one space and begin able to be comfortable even in the summer. The venue itself is something out of a magazine. I love the historical details including some of the original theater pieces. Photos are gorgeous there and having the caterer on site is a dream!

    The catering. We opted for stations and it was the BEST. DECISION. EVER. Five months later, people are STILL talking about how good the food was. And I couldn't agree with them more! Everyone on the staff is super professional and communicative. We loved everything from appetizers, dinner, and dessert!

Awards

  • 6

Pricing

Map

446 King Street Charleston, 29403
8773079243
843-853-1810
Location of (American Theater)

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 in quality of service, 5 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.6 in value.

Other vendors in Charleston for your wedding

Wedding Venues