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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DO I PARK?
Several parking lots and on-street metered spaces are located near the Sottile Theatre. The closest parking garage is around the corner on St. Philip Street.  Some metered on-street parking is available on surrounding streets and is free after 10 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and all day on Sunday. Click here for a convenient map of downtown parking locations.

CAN YOU SMOKE AND/OR DRINK IN THE SOTTILE?
The Sottile Theatre is a non-smoking establishment, as is the College of Charleston campus. A variety of beverages are sold at the concessions stand and allowed in the auditorium unless otherwise noted.

WHAT IS PROHIBITED AT THE VENUE?
Weapons of any kind, including pocketknives, outside food and beverages, smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, large backpacks, bags, oversized purses, etc.

For the safety and security of all patrons, all persons and items entering the Sottile Theatre are subject to search.

WHERE DO I BUY TICKETS?
Tickets for Sottile shows are sold by our clients - visit our event calendar for ticket information. You can also usually purchase tickets at the Sottile Box Office (located iin front of the Theatre on George Street) 1 hour prior to show time.

WHAT IS THE CAMERA AND VIDEO POLICY?
The camera policy varies from event to event depending on the artist, but generally we allow cell phone cameras and point and shoot cameras only. No big cameras or removable lenses without prior permission. We never allow flash photography of any kind. For further questions, you can contact the theatre.

WHAT IF MY TICKETS ARE LOST OR STOLEN?
Keep your tickets in a safe place until the event, but if they are lost or stolen, please contact the organization from whom you bought the tickets. The Sottile Theatre cannot assist with ticket issues.  Refer to our event calendar if you are unsure of the group's contact info.  All ticket contact information should be posted there.

WHAT TIME DO DOORS OPEN?
In most cases, doors open 60 minutes prior to the start of the event.

HOW OLD IS THE SOTTILE?
Construction began on the Gloria Theatre in 1921.  It opened on August 19, 1927 to great acclaim and excitement.  At the time, it was the largest theater of its kind in South Carolina.  It served the Charleston community for over 45 years until it's closing in 1975, at which time the College of Charleston purchased the property and eventually reopened it in 1990 as the Sottile Theatre, in honor of Albert Sottile, the owner of Pastime Amusement Company, who built and managed the Gloria for the length of its lifespan.

WHEN WAS THE FIRST PERFORMANCE AT THE SOTTILE?
On opening night, audiences were entertained by the silent film After Midnight starring Norma Shearer, which was accompanied by organ music.  The Gloria Theatre, given its extensive furnishings and details, impressed patrons during its opening reception, and continually provided movie entertainment for Charleston residents until its closing in 1975.