A Night at the Opera

The Trust Building on South Tryon Street was a six-story structure that housed a variety of businesses. The first floor was home to The Academy of Music. It opened its doors to the public on September 29, 1902 and would serve as the leading entertainment venue for the next twenty years. Many traveling opera companies appeared at the Academy as well as Vaudeville shows and short movies. Sadly, a fire in 1922 destroyed the Trust Building and brought an end to much of the traveling live entertainment in Charlotte.