Photo 1: Albert Sottile
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Photo 2: Image of the Gloria Theater (Later named Sottile Theater) on the night of the Gone With the Wind premiere. The theatre served as both a vaudeville house and movie theatre and was designed as a smaller example of the great movie palaces of the era. The South Carolina premiere of Gone with the Wind, which highlighted the “charm and grace” of Charleston, was held at the theatre with most of the cast present.
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The Beach Company

recently announced that Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina inducted the late Albert Sottile, known as the king of Charleston’s motion picture theater business, into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contributions to South Carolina’s business landscape.

Each year, Junior Achievement chooses inductees, called Laureates, who are viewed champions of free enterprise and as role models in business for the youth of the Palmetto state. Sottile was inducted posthumously alongside the late Robert C. McNair, Senior Chairman of McNair Interests and Chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans and E. Smyth McKissick, III, CEO and President of Alice Manufacturing.

Photo 4: Mary Ellen Way accepting on behalf of her grandfather, Albert Sottile.
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In 1908, Sottile created Pastime Amusement company, a collaborative entertainment venture for which he served as president for 52 years. He was an essential figure in the Charleston community and was a catalyst to the formation of the SC State Ports Authority, the Community Chest (the precursor to the United Way) and the Grace Memorial Bridge, which remained in place until the Cooper River crossing was constructed 10 years ago.

Sottile shaped the landscape of the Charleston peninsula and by 1950, owned one-third of the properties on middle King Street, including the famed Majestic Theater. He also founded the Charleston Development Board and the Charleston Industrial Association.

His legacy lives on throughout Charleston, where his daughter, Alberta Sottile, married J.C. Long – who launched The Beach Company 74 years ago. Sottile’s footprint can still be seen throughout the city, including King Street’s Majestic Square, named after the iconic theater.

Photo 3: Albert Sottile’s extended family at the Junior Achievement 35th Annual South Carolina Business Hall of Fame event on March 12, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.
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