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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, but we also provide full-service catering, bar service, and custom confections.
Opened in 1942 as Charleston’s premiere movie house, the American is rooted in 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 venue with 8,000 square feet of event space, complete with a grand ballroom accented by milk-glass chandeliers. Framed faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age and vintage movie posters recall this historic venue's early days.
- Elegant ballroom, complete with entertainment stage
- Stunning marquee overlooking King Street, customizable for your big day
- Tables, chairs, and select serviceware for up to 125 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
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.
CUISINE, BAR + SERVICE
Our Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in-house culinary team serves as the exclusive food and beverage provider across all five of our historic venues and works closely with you to design a thoughtful menu perfectly suited to your event. Sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients from local producers is a cornerstone of our cuisine.
- Chef-crafted menu tailored with your personal touch
- Customizable selections to please every palate
- Menu consultations and private tastings
- In-house Pastry Chef
- On-site commercial kitchen
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Show-stopping, unique, memorable - perfect venue for all occasions
To end, you would be making the best decision to work with PPHG. We are so happy and forever grateful for everything they did for us :) PPHG was wonderful to work with in every aspect! We would highly recommend anyone planning an event or wedding to work with them! They have the best venues in the United States, exquisite catering and genuinely thoughtful top notch staff.
Amazing, Unique Reception Space
This venue was a blockbuster hit!
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