Directions and parking
Getting hereChildren's Theatre of Charlotte is located at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte N.C. 28202 (between Sixth St., Seventh St., Brevard St. and the Lynx light rail).
Driving north on Interstate-77, take John Belk Freeway / Interstate-277 North (exit 9B) to the College Street exit. Take College Street (one-way) to Seventh Street. Turn right onto Seventh Street and cross the trolley tracks. ImaginOn is on the right, on the corner of Seventh Street and Brevard Street, with the entrance facing Seventh Street.
Driving south on I-77 or I-85, take I-77 South to Brookshire Freeway (exit 11). Take Brookshire Freeway East / I-277 South (exit 11A). Take the Church/Tryon Street exit onto Eleventh Street. Turn right onto Tryon Street. Turn left onto Seventh Street and cross the trolley tracks. ImaginOn is on the right, on the corner of Seventh Street and Brevard Street, with the entrance facing Seventh Street.
Road closures? Click here for updated information from the City of Charlotte on road closures in the Uptown area.
LYNX Light Rail - Blue Line
ImaginOn is right on the LYNX Blue Line - which is 18.9 miles long and operates from I-485 at South Boulevard to UNC Charlotte’s main campus in University City. There are 26 stations, including 11 park and ride locations. LYNX operates seven days a week. Weekday service operates from 5:26 a.m. to 1:26 a.m. and service is available every 7.5 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late night hours. ImaginOn is located directly next to the 7th Street light rail station. Click here for more information on schedules and fares.
Suggested parking for public performances
For most public weekend performances (Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays) we recommend parking in the Seventh Street Station lot, located across the Lynx Light Rail tracks next to ImaginOn. Parking is FREE with a validated parking ticket (validated at the Welcome Desk in ImaginOn), after 5 pm on Fridays and all day Saturday and Sunday. If you're attending a performance when there is an event in the Spectrum Center, please identify yourself as a Children's Theatre of Charlotte patron to the parking attendant when entering. More parking options are listed below.
Suggested parking for school performances
Schools arriving by bus may drop off students at the front door of our building on Seventh Street. A staff member will greet your bus driver and direct the bus to an appropriate parking place, free of charge. Because of our Uptown location, buses are often required to park in an offsite location which is not within walking distance of the theatre.
- Buses: Schools arriving by bus may drop off students at the front door of our building on Seventh Street. A staff member will greet your bus driver and direct the bus to an appropriate parking place, free of charge. Because of our uptown location, buses are often required to park in an offsite location which is not within walking distance of the theatre.
- Cars and vans: For school groups arriving by van or car, there is a parking garage beneath our facility where tickets can be validated for 90 minutes of free parking. There are also several independently owned and operated surface lots surrounding our building which charge between $7 to $8. Metered parking is also available along both Brevard and Eighth Streets.
Suggested parking for weekday performances and activities
For activities on weekdays, such as School Field Trip performances or education programs, we suggest parking in the lots located around ImaginOn: on the corner of Brevard and Seventh St. across from First Ward Park , on Brevard across from ImaginOn, and on Sixth St. catycornered from ImaginOn. The daily rate for these lots varies and may increase significantly if there are Uptown events such as Panthers games, Hornets games, or other events at the Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena).
Parking under ImaginOn
Limited parking is available in the parking deck below ImaginOn, which is accessed from Sixth Street. The deck closes 30 minutes after the building closes or after a performance ends. There is direct elevator access from the parking deck to the ImaginOn entrance. The first 90 minutes are free for ImaginOn guests (parking ticket must be validated at the welcome desk in the ImaginOn lobby). After 90 minutes additional rates apply. Because there is only one exit, there may be delays when exiting if the lot is close to capacity.
Parking at Seventh Street Station
Located across the Lynx light rail line from ImaginOn, this deck has entrances on Sixth and Seventh Streets. For ImaginOn visitors with a validated ticket, the deck offers 3 hours of free parking after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and free parking on Saturdays and Sundays. There is no free parking before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your parking ticket must be validated at the welcome desk in the ImaginOn lobby. Additional rates may apply when there are Time Warner Cable Arena or other Uptown events. Make sure you identify yourself as an ImaginOn guest when entering the parking deck if event rates are in effect.
Surface parking lots
Several "pay by the day" surface parking lots are located around ImaginOn: on the corner of Brevard and Seventh St. across from First Ward Park , on Brevard across from ImaginOn, and on Sixth St. catycornered from ImaginOn. The daily rate for these lots is between $8-10, but rates may increase significantly if there are Uptown events such as Panthers games, Hornets games, or other events at the Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena).
Additional parking information
For more Uptown parking options, visit the AboutParking.com website.
Accessibility and inclusion
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is committed to making our facilities, programs and services accessible and welcoming for individuals of all abilities. If you have any questions about accommodations for attending our performances, participating in our classes or summer camps, or volunteering with us, please contact the box office at 704-973-2828 or you may email us. Learn more
Special traffic considerations
If you're attending a performance when there is a Panthers home game, Hornets home game or other Spectrum Center/Uptown event, please allow extra time for getting to ImaginOn and parking. We will try to alert you of special traffic/parking issues in the performance reminder emailed to you the week of the show. Join our c-Club to make sure you receive our performance reminders and other special offers!
No video or photography, please
Due to contractual restrictions and for safety reasons, the use of cameras (including cell phone cameras) and video recorders is prohibited during our performances.
Should your family’s schedule change, we will gladly exchange your tickets for any available performance later in the season. Exchanges must be made at least 2 days prior to the date of the performance (no exchanges at time of performance). We are unable to offer exchanges or refunds for missed performances.
Rules regarding infants and toddlers
Live theatre is a special experience, and audience members help create that experience by giving their attention, focus and appreciation to the actors on stage. Having infants and very young children in the audience creates issues that can seriously detract from the experience of others. If you have questions about the appropriateness of a play for your child, please call our box office at 704-973-2828 or contact us.