September 26, 2013 County Hall was the place to be on a Friday night in Charleston. From 1944 to 1985 it served as a concert hall and entertainment center that brought in legendary musical acts such as Elvis and George Jones, towering wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, and American icons like Dr. Martin Luther King.The building was constructed on King Street in 1902 and was first home to the Royal Bag and Yarn Manufacturing Company. It changed hands a few times up until 1938 when the Work Projects Administration began converting the former textile plant into a community auditorium and gymnasium. The 5-story tower and 3-story plant were both lowered and it was given an art deco facade. The main auditorium could seat 4,000 people. It was occupied by the Army for two years but on Sept. 11, 1944 it was returned to the county for public use.In addition to seeing musical icons like James Brown and Tommy Dorsey, generations of fans crowded into the sweltering auditorium to cheer or boo professional wrestlers brought in by newspaperman-turned-promoter Henry Marcus. All you needed was a $4 ticket.County Hall closed as an auditorium in 1985. It was renovated and reopened as the King Street Palace in 1988. In 2007 it was remodeled as an affordable housing complex known as The Palace apartments.