Crescent Theater

208 Dauphin Street,
Mobile, AL 36602

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The turn-of-the-century Crescent Theatre, was built as a live theatre. It was one of the first in the city to screen silent pictures. It was remodelled in 1937 in the midst of the Depression with Cooper Van Antwerp as architect, the renamed Century Theater was an ultra-modern cinema that caused culture shock in a city still mourning the South’s defeat in the Civil War.

Now re-named Crescent Theater, it screens classic and independent films.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 11, 2007 at 9:08 am

It’s probable that the Century was a gut renovation of the Crescent. Here’s an image of the Century’s streamlined auditorium, copied from a 1939 trade journal:
There was another cinema nearby, the 500-seat Crown Theatre, at 212 Dauphin Street.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 11, 2007 at 9:35 am

In its infinite wisdom, the 1957 Film Daily Year Book has two theatres listed for 212 Dauphin Street, the 500-seat Crown and the 450-seat Empire. I would guess that the FDYB address given for the Crown is incorrect. There are no other theatres listed for Mobile’s Dauphin Street, though the Booker T is listed without a specific address.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 5:02 am

Here’s a new link to an image described above on 11/11/07 at 11:08am:
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Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

Century described in this 1937 trade article: Boxoffice

MobileArthouseGuy on September 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Derry’s Ole Tyme Cafe did occupy the former Century theater building before the fire. It is now the Crescent Theater as mentioned above. I am a friend to the owner of the Crescent and when it was renovated they took it all the way down to the old slab that was sunk into the ground. Before it was the Century It started as the Crescent Theater and was a Live performance theater. It was also the first theater in Mobile to show silent motion pictures.

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