ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 East Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center is a one-of-a-kind youth destination located in Charlotte, NC, in the heart of the cultural arts district. This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by Livability.com as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States. ImaginOn is visited by more than 300,000 people annually and features two state-of-the-art theatres, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space.
With cutting edge services and library collections, an award winning professional theatre and innovative education programs, ImaginOn brings stories to life through extraordinary experiences that challenge, inspire and excite young minds.
- From I-77 North, take John Belk Freeway / I-277 North (exit 9B) to the College Street exit. Take College Street (one-way) to 7th Street. Turn right onto 7th Street and cross the trolley tracks. ImaginOn is on the right, on the corner of 7th and Brevard, with the entrance facing 7th Street. The street address is 300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
- From I-77 South 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 11th Street. Turn right onto Tryon Street. Turn left onto 7th Street and cross the trolley tracks. ImaginOn is on the right, on the corner of 7th and Brevard, with the entrance facing 7th Street. The street address is 300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
- Parking Under ImaginOn
Limited parking is available in the parking deck below ImaginOn, which is accessed from 6th Street (8’ maximum height.) 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.) 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 6th and 7th Streets. For ImaginOn visitors, the deck offers free parking after 5:00 pm Monday – Friday, and free parking on Saturday and Sunday. Parking ticket must be validated at the Welcome Desk in the ImaginOn lobby. There is no free parking before 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Additional rates may apply when there are Arena/Uptown events. Make sure you identify yourself as an ImaginOn guest when entering the parking deck if Arena/Uptown event rates are in effect.
- Surface Parking Lots
Several ground level parking lots surround ImaginOn. Fees range from $8.00-$12.00 and must be pre-paid using exact change or by using a phone app. Phone app information can be found at each of the ground level lots. Rates may increase when there are Arena/Uptown events.