Calhoun Theater

1218 Noble Street,
Anniston, AL 36201

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Calhoun Theater

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The Calhoun Theater opened on February 20, 1942. It was operated by Alabama Theatres Inc. The opening night movie was “Look Who’s Laughing” with Edgar Bergen. The Calhoun Theater closed in the mid-1980’s.

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beardbear31
beardbear31 on September 14, 2005 at 10:53 am

A few photos of the Calhoun can be found toward the bottom of the page at http://www.swankpad.org/places/bama/us431.htm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm

More info:

Calhoun Theatre
Opening date: 1942/02/20

First movie shown: Look Who’s Laughing

The Calhoun Theatre was opened on Friday, February 20, 1942 by Alabama Theatres, Inc. (which also operated the Ritz, the Noble, and the Cameo). The movie shown on opening night was Look Who’s Laughing, shown with the color cartoon, All This, and Rabbit Stew. Don Randolph from Montgomery was the first manager. It was located on Noble Street, and still exists in a run-down condition. It seated 1091 and was an entirely new building on a site formerly occupied by the Garden Theatre, which was erected during World War I. The theatre appears to have closed between July 1982 and July 1984.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on September 23, 2006 at 3:19 am

The complete address for the Calhoun is 1218 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201. The theatre is still standing, albeit just barely. It appears that some efforts were started to restore the theatre but were never completed. Starting here and going through here are photos of the Calhoun as of September 22, 2006.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on September 25, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Here is a vintage photo of the Cahoun Theatre in its prime.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm

1218 NOBLE STREET is the address of this theater.

“THE SHOW STARTS on the SIDEWALK” by Maggie Valentine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2010 at 2:32 am

The public library of Henderson County, North Carolina, has published a book titled “Buildings as History” which is about the works of Hendersonville architect Erle G. Stillwell. The Calhoun Theatre in Anniston, Alabama, is listed as one of the many theaters he designed.

Marcel
Marcel on September 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

What a shame. One beautiful theatre. Its plain but I love the marquee. Is it still standing?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

Too bad it can’t be saved.

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