Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Carver Theatre

Marker ID: SCHM 40-140
Location: 1519 Harden St., Columbia, SC
County: Richland
Style: Free Standing **


Carver Theatre, built about 1941, was one of Columbia´s two exclusively African-American theatres during the segregation era of the mid-20th century. It was run by black operators but owned by the white-owned Dixie Amusement Company for most of its history. Carver Theatre also hosted weekly talent shows based on the popular “Amateur Hour” in Harlem. The theatre, which closed in 1971, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Erected by the Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation, 2011