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Theatre Charlotte Fire
December 28, 2020
At about 2:00am on Monday, December 28th, a fire broke out inside Theatre Charlotte’s auditorium at 501 Queens Road. The cause appears to be an electrical fire from one of our HVAC units. Fortunately, the security system detected the fire and alerted police and then the fire department. Several fire trucks dozens of firefighters responded and were able to put out the fire quickly, but there was still significant damage to the auditorium and smoke damage throughout the building.
Most of the seats and floor on the House Right side of the theatre were lost. Fire and water damage to the ceiling in the auditorium are extensive and may cause sections to collapse. Our sound and light boards as well as other equipment, wires, and cabling are also badly damaged or destroyed.
Still, we are thankful. We are thankful that no one was in the building and no one was injured. We are thankful that this happened at a time when we were not actively preparing for a show and welcoming audiences into our building. We are extremely thankful for the first responders who acted quickly to save our building and specifically for those at Fire Station 6 who have taken time over the years to visit and learn the ins and outs of our unique building for this very purpose.
We ask that no one attempt to enter or visit the building at this time. It is still extremely dangerous and has not been cleared for occupancy.
We will continue to update this page with additional details as we have them. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, of course, please consider a donation to Theatre Charlotte. This year has already been devastating to the theatre and having a fire destroy our auditorium is another shocking blow.
Fire Update #2
December 28, 2020 | 7:00pm
First and foremost, we are thankful.
Throughout the day, the outpouring of love, support, and offerings of aid have been overwhelmingly comforting. The memories, well-wishes, and coffee deliveries have warmed our hearts to the next level.
Early this morning, our building was severely damaged by an electrical fire. The blaze started with one of our HVAC units, and spread through the right side of our auditorium before being contained by first responders. Our seats, flooring, ceiling, and most lighting and sound equipment are likely a total loss. We’ve been hit pretty hard by 2020, but physical damage to our physical home is something we simply could not have expected.
Still, there is hope in the aftermath; the ability to know that rebirth is always possible if we rely on what we know about community theatre: community. As we wrapped up an atypical holiday weekend distanced from those closest to us, we were reminded that “family” goes beyond the people you grew up with. Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves. And we are impossibly humbled by the love our family has shown us today. As the oldest arts organization in Charlotte, and the longest-running community theatre in North Carolina, we know that even more history can be made if we have you by our side.
We know that so many of you are waiting in the wings, prepped and ready to assist in any way that you can. Before we get to “strike,” we first need to make sure that we have the ability to resurrect a Charlotte staple. That’s where you – our family – come in. COVID-19 aside, this pushes us further into hiatus. We weren’t sure when we could open our doors before, but now that timeline is blurred even more.
While we’re still taking inventory of what we lost, we do know one thing: to find ourselves again, we need your support.
Over the next few days, we’ll be kicking off SAVE MY SEAT, the Theatre Charlotte relief fund. Every dollar raised will help Theatre Charlotte survice this crisis s we can build back a better experience for you, and your chosen family.
If you want to volunteer your time, professional services, or other efforts to rebuild, please take a few minutes to let us know. This will help us identify who our "first responders" are once we get the all-clear to enter the building and begin some work.
Fire Update #3
December 29, 2020 | 3:00pm
We've always said that theatre "ends with R-E." Now, we need to start with R-E.
Introducing SAVE MY SEAT: The Theatre Charlotte Relief Fund.
Yesterday, we experienced something unimaginable. Today is the start of moving forward. And we want to bring you along with us. We don't know the full extent of the damage but we do know that we cannot rebuild without you. You may have seen an estimate floating around news outlets claiming property damage of $50,000.
$50,000 is not going to be enough to reopen Theatre Charlotte.
Our insurance adjuster is coming on Wednesday. We may not have an accurate ballpark of the amount we need to raise for weeks to come. What we need immediately is a place to start. That property estimate made by the Charlotte Fire Department does not include items like our lighting and sound equipment or other performance-specific property that is damaged beyond repair.
We've asked a lot of you this year, but without your support now we will not survive.
Theatre Charlotte IN THE NEWS
Catch up on news reports about the TC fire:
Charlotte Observer - Famous Charlotte theater hurting after ‘unimaginable’ fire, seeks community support
Charlotte Observer - Overnight fire causes significant damage inside Charlotte theatre's auditorium
Charlotte is Creative - No waiting in the wings. Theatre Charlotte needs our help now.