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Backseater commented about Ritz Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 5:40 am

I saw many movies at the Ritz in the 50’s and 60’s, including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “Dr. Zhivago,” and “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” (in Cinerama). It was torn down in the late 70’s or early 80’s, because by the time I came back to B'ham in 1983 it was gone. It was one block down and one block over from the Alabama, so on a Saturday afternoon you could sometimes see two movies, one at each place and grab some lunch at the Krystal (my God, did we really eat that stuff?) on the way between them. This saved on bus fare.

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Backseater commented about W. C. Handy Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 6:13 am

Never went there but drove by many times from 1973-1982. Occasionally it would be rejuvenated as a night club or something similar, but never seemed to last very long. Too bad.

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Backseater commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 6:08 am

I saw many movies at the State while attending Southwestern at Memphis (“Rhodes College”—gag) in the early 1960s. I partiularly remember Bob Hope in “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number” (boy, did he!) and Jane Mansfield in “Primitive Love” (Primitive was right!) Then I graduated and went off to the AF, and when I returned to Mempho in 1973 it was gone. There was another theater next door called the Strand that played mostly porno in the late 60’s and it was gone too. Ah, memories.

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Backseater commented about Royal Theater on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:59 am

Saw “The Day the World Ended” (a Roger Corman Cheapie) there in the mid-1950s. Glad to hear it’s still up and running.

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Backseater commented about Madstone Centrum on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:56 am

I was in Cleveland form 1989-1995 and saw several movies at the Centrum. It was a most unusual architectural transformation from one to three screens. Saw “Sirens” there with Elle McPherson in 1994. Sorry to hear it’s gone down the tube at last.

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Backseater commented about Alabama Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:40 am

I grew up in Birmingham, 1954-1963, and have many fond memories of Saturday aftenoons at the Alabama. It has to be seen to be believed.

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Backseater commented about Crest Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:36 am

I also saw 2001 there in the spring or summer of 1968, while stationed at Mather AFB. I remember when Kier Dullea was getting ready to “breathe vacuum” transferring from the pod to the ship, I was tempted to stand up and shout “I know you’re out there, Arthur C. Clarke!”

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Backseater commented about Fox Senator Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:30 am

Went there a few times while stationed at Mather AFB in 1968. I remember two shows, a generic spy movie with Van Heflin and something strange with Tony Perkins.

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Backseater commented about Alhambra Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:26 am

Saw “The Fox” there in 1968 while stationed at Mather AFB.

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Backseater commented about Aztec Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:23 am

I saw Shirley MacLaine in “Woman Times Seven” there while an officer cadet at Lackland AFB in 1967. Later saw “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” there while stationed at Randolph AFB in late 67 or early 68. A few years later it had gone to porno. The lobby defies description. Last time I was in town (about 1997) it was closed pending renovation.

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Backseater commented about Fox Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 5:08 am

I was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson in Feb-Mar 1969 and went to the Fox to see Alan Bates in “The Fixer”. Don’t remember much about it, but it was a grand old lady of the classic movie house era. Ah, memories.

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Backseater commented about Warner Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 7:01 am

Saw “Dr. Strangelove” there in 1963. Also later Sean Connery and Jean Seberg in “A Fine Madness.”

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Backseater commented about Lamar Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 7:00 am

Went there once in 1963 to see a Tarzan movie with Gordon Scott and Sean Connery as the villain. Even then I remember it as pretty seedy.

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Backseater commented about Circuit Playhouse on Sep 22, 2004 at 6:58 am

I went to the Memphian many times while attending Southwestern at Memphis in the 1960s. Used to walk across Overton Park and then back to campus in the middle of the night. It was still the Memphian into the late-1970s.

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Backseater commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 6:51 am

I went to the Palace many times while attending Southwestern at Memphis (“Rhodes College”—gag—) 1963-67. Came back to Memphis in 1973 and went there a few times before it was demilished. Remember seeing wome Bruce Lee movies and other oriental “Blaxploitation” fare that enjoyed a brief popularity. Ah, memories.

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Backseater commented about Texas Theater on Sep 6, 2004 at 4:36 pm

My mother grew up in Ballinger and I went to the “old” Texas many times when visiting my grandparents as a kid. I particularly remember the Bowery Boys comedies and the previews of “TARANTULA” in 1956. The “old” Texas lasted into the early/mid-1960s and then burned. My uncle said, “They hired a good arsonist who didn’t get caught.” The sign was moved across the street to the other theater several years later. Ballinger also had a third theater on Main Street. I never saw it open, but the building is still recognizable as a theater from the projection booth windows above the entrance. It was a restaurant last time I was in town. According to my uncle, the three were never all open at the same time. There were also two drive-ins in Ballinger, the Horseshoe to the South and the Hillcrest on the Bronte highway. I saw “The Private Lives of Adam and Eve” with Mamie van Doren(!) at the Hillcrest in 1961, one of the first drive-in movies I actually drove myself to. A Miracle-Grow plant now occupies the site, but the original drive-in entrance is still there, with posters from the closing bill still in place (as of about 2002, at least). Ah, memories. To Seth: I have a cousin in Ballinger named Seth—could that be you?