303 NE 2nd Street,
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The Aldridge Theater was opened on February 2, 1920 with Sam De Grasse in “Blind Husbands”. It was an African-American theatre which initially presented vaudeville as well as movies. It was part of the TOBA chain of African American owned theatres In the late-1920’s Count Basie and Gonzelle White’s band played here. From the 1940’s thru the 1950’s it was a movie theatre having dropped live performances.
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