The Ayrsley Grand Theater is a local landmark in Charlotte, North Carolina. They’ve been voted the best theater in the state multiple times, the most recent being in 2012. They feature comfortable, breathable seating that’s maintained to an exceptional level of cleanliness. They also have 3D projectors and glasses for 3D feature films. Unlike other movie theaters that are simply too nippy, the Ayrsley is kept at just the right temperature. Arguably, the best part of seeing a movie at the Ayrsley is their $5 matinees, which are accommodatingly timed before 4PM on any day of the week. There are plenty of fine dining options surrounding the Ayrsley, making it the perfect place for a date.
Going to a movie is not just about the movie; it is also about the comfort while watching that movie. AMC Carolina Pavilion, located off of South Boulevard, is a premier theater offering comfortable seats, tasty food and a clean environment. The Charlotte staple was updated to include digital menus, Coca-Cola Freestyle machines and other modern amenities. Movie-goers can enjoy recent Hollywood releases with all of the best comforts. They’ve also added a ticket machine, making it quick and easy to buy tickets at the theater. Treat yourself to an experience by watching a movie at AMC Carolina Pavilion.
The Regal Philips Place Cinema Stadium 10 is a great place to take a date for a night of movies. Featuring stadium seating and leather-like seats that you can sink right into, the Philips Place Cinema offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the latest feature films with friends or a loved one. This location offers several different options for flavoring your popcorn if you like to go beyond the realm of buttery taste, such as ranch or cheese. The next time you want to catch a flick, head out to Philips Place and kick back at the Regal 10 for a fun and comfy movie-watching experience.
The interactive, engaging exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South trace the history of Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont from 1865 (when the Civil War ended) to today. The exhibits share the diverse stories of those who have shaped the region and those who continue to reinvent it. Visitors leave with a deep understanding of the profound changes the South has experienced.
Central Exhibit: The museum pivots on its main attraction, an 8,000-square-foot exhibit called Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. It boasts interactive, immersive environments where visitors explore more than 1,000 artifacts, images, and video clips to learn how the South has changed from the end of the Civil War until today.
Through the Eyes of History: In the main exhibit, visitors can sit at a Civil Rights–era lunch counter while they listen to stories told by leaders of sit-ins.
Hands-On Features: Visitors can plunge their hands into seed cotton and play checkers out front of an old mill house. They can also don clothes in an early Belk department store and expand and rearrange the museum's collection of images via touch-screen photo album.
Temporary Exhibits: Upstairs galleries feature traveling and temporary museum-created exhibits ranging from Civil Rights photography to LGBTQ history.
From the Press: According to the New York Times, "the achievement of the Levine Museum of the New South
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. . . There is an appealing integrity in the way the museum takes on its subjects." 2015 Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best Winner: "With every exhibit, Levine Museum of the New South reminds us of our past while illuminating today's voices."
The world's very first working airplane took flight at Kitty Hawk, making North Carolina a natural place to explore the world of aviation. Almost the entire story of flight unfolds here at Carolinas Aviation Museum, from the development of commercial and military planes to privately owned aircraft. It's not all about the technology, either—the museum places heavy emphasis on the human stories behind these marvels of engineering, including heroic Vietnam War veterans.
Don't Miss: the "Miracle on the Hudson," the US Airways plane that Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely emergency-landed in New York City's Hudson River in 2009
Size: a 40,000-square-foot hangar with an active ramp area that allows visitors to take guided tours of the planes
The Building: though the visitors' area is in a newer hangar, the original building—the first commercial hangar in Charlotte from 1938—can still be seen across the runway
Eye Catcher: once the fastest plane in the world, there are only two D-558-1 Skystreaks still in existence, and one is here at the museum
Permanent Mainstay: it might not be the flashiest plane at the museum, but no trip here would be complete without seeing the original breaker of gravity's bonds, the Wright Flyer
Hard plastic chairs scattered around a table. Hot dogs rolling slowly on a warming belt. Charred ashtrays sitting forlornly on Formica counters. All are common sights at a lot of bowling alleys.
But not at StrikeCity, a spot billed as "a 21st century multimedia, bowling, dining, and private-event facility." And there is, in fact, plenty to do here besides bowl. There are 75 HD video screens installed throughout three bars, each loaded with countless sports subscriptions—and any game you can't watch can still be followed on the massive ticker running near the ceiling. Some of those TVs also perch above the row of 18 lanes outfitted with digital scoring systems and colorful lighting. Pops of color appear elsewhere, thanks to the Andy Warhol-style prints of Marilyn Monroe and the bright red necklaces every bowling pin wears for good luck.