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Yes, the Eastwood Mall Theatre was a gem in its day. It is demolished now, but it had already been ruined when it was twinned in the late ‘70s. The twinning eliminated its capability to show Cinerama movies. It had the special projection equipment and curved screen for showing Cinerama movies. I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ice Station Zebra there, plus many more regular formatted movies. If you haven’t seen 2001 in Cinerama format, you’ve not seen 2001. Sadly the entire Mall is now gone, replaced by, yes, another WalMart.
Can any Birmingham oldtimer confirm that there was a movie theater in downtown Bham called the Empire Theater in the 1960s? Or am I mis-remembering?
The downtown theaters in the ‘60s were: The Alabama, The Ritz (equipped for Cinerama movies), the Melba, and I think The Empire. Right?