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possum commented about Evergreen Theatre on May 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

Vastor, please post the details for Bill’s memorial service when they are available. Obviously, there is no more appropriate place for this than at the Guild.

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possum commented about Auburn Opelika Drive-In on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Operated by Martin Theatres in the 1970’s

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possum commented about Village Theatre on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Now operations center for a bank, I understand.

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possum commented about Renaissance Cinemas on Aug 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

For a very short period of time later in the 1970s, Ogden-Perry also operated the Capri (listed here as the Pix-Capri).

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possum commented about Capri Theatre on Aug 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I believe there’s a parking garage behind that facade now.

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possum commented about Amite Theatre on Aug 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

I remember the Amite building served as a very nice gay bar for a number of years in the 1970s.

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possum commented about Leflore Theatre on Aug 6, 2011 at 6:37 am

I remember the front of the theatre being virtually identical to that of the Loop Theatre in Mobile

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possum commented about Jackson Square Theater on Jul 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

No, the Jackson Square and the DeVille Cinema were built at about the same time (the DeVille first) and were about the same size, but they were not the same theatre. The Jackson Square was off Interstate 55 south of downtown Jackson while the DeVille was off Interstate 55 north of downtown Jackson. (I’m surprised the DeVille doesn’t have its own page on this site.) Both were considered “luxury” theatres at the time they were built. The Jackson Square had a large, wide curved screen which I think was described as Ultravision. It was fully draped and had comfortable rocking chair seats. The auditorium color scheme was a kind of burnt orange color. (The theatre was also handy to a great Howard Johnson’s where I always tried to have a clam roll before or after the movie!)

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possum commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

If memory serves correctly, the Strand was operated in the mid-1950s by the West family who moved on to operate the Hollywood Theatre in Memphis. Malco operated it for a time until about 1960. Then, the Clark family, who ran drive-ins in Louisville and Philadelphia, took over. In the early 1970s it was twinned by building a wall down the center of the auditorium and walling off the balcony, making the front of the balcony into booths for the two auditoriums. Originally, it was a pretty poor job of twinning-the sound bled terribly. Nevertheless, improvements took place over the years, correcting the sound problems and adding drapes and comfortable rocking chair seats. Eventually, there were two jewel box auditoriums which were really, really nice for a small town like Louisville. A new theatre was built elsewhere in town. Since then, the Strand has returned to being a single auditorium.