Cinema Blue Theatre

7604 First Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL 35206

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Cinema Blue Theater

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The Cinema Blue Theatre was first opened in 1947 when it was called the College Theatre. This theatre, still open, shows adult movies, thus its name.

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Backseater
Backseater on March 20, 2005 at 3:04 pm

The College was way out East on First Avenue North and a little out of my neighborhood. I saw occasional movies there in the 1960s and 70s, including Jane Fonda, Michel Piccoli, and Peter McEnery in “The Game is Over”—which resulted in a Playboy spread for Ms. Fonda (1966 or 67) as well as several entries in bad-movie directories. I remember the theater as a medium-sized neighborhood job, like the Normal (later Studio) theater near Memphis State University in Memphis, with a spacious lobby but no balcony and no striking features. The entrance on First Avenue North was very narrow, but the lobby opened up inside. I’m not sure where the “College” name came from. All the Bham-area colleges I’m familiar with are pretty far away.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Looks like it’s still going in 2009. The phone number is here:
http://tinyurl.com/mcdzfb

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

You can get the same phone number from Google maps.

johncompton
johncompton on February 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

Howard College, now Samford, was located in East Lake from the 1890s to the early 1950s, hence the name College Theatre.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .

Thanks!

VinnyA
VinnyA on April 28, 2013 at 9:23 am

Actually this facility was built about 1947. The 1928 date would have been when the East Lake Theater was opened across the street. In 1947 Howard Collage was located around the corner and hence the name College Theater. When this facility was opened, the older, outdated East Lake Theater could not compete and was closed. It is now Estate Liquidators, LLC. After Howard College moved to Lakeshore Parkway in Homewood (Now Samford) the theater went through many changes, eventually becoming an adult theater in the early 70’s and it still operates as that today.

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