Cobb 1 & 2

2322 University Boulevard,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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Robert_Tidd on February 16, 2014 at 2:20 am

Hi everyone. I just stumbled across this website.

I am pretty sure the ‘new’ Druid was opened in 1962 or 1963. My grandfather was projectionist there from opening day until he retired in the mid 1970s.

edcam56 on January 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Will is correct. In the 1960’s, Broad Street was renamed University Boulevard. That is why the Google Map is incorrect. The original Druid Theatre was on the north side of University Blvd. between Greensboro (24th) Ave. and 23rd Avenue. In the late 1950’s a new Druid Theater was built on the south side of University Blvd. one block west. This was a very large theater with a wide screen. I remember going to Saturday morning “kiddie” shows as a kid in the early 60’s. There was a popular candy store next door. The interior was aqua and they would begin projecting the movie on the curtain as it opened. The original Druid was incorporated into an expansion of First National Bank and the 2nd Druid was torn down in the 1980’s or 1990’s and is now a parking lot.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 22, 2010 at 4:04 am

SiliconSam: Looks like Broad Street was renamed University Boulevard (see the first photo on Wikipedia). A quick look at MapQuest and the address 2322 University Boulevard gives us a red star near a suspiciously theatre shaped parking lot in downtown Tuscaloosa.

And Lost, thanks for the “source” link you posted 2/26/2008. That article shows a local man, D.O. Whilldin as the Bama/Druid/Cobb’s architect. He must have been a pretty talented guy.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

Any way to get a good map link?

rivest266 on January 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

This was split into two cinemas as Cobb 1 & 2 on May 19th, 1978. Ad is at
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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on November 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

Kilgen organ company records show a 3 manual pipe organ installed in the Bama Theatre. It must be this hall since the later Bama would not have had an organ.

DonLewis on August 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

A view from 1951 of parade band marching past the Druid Theater in Tuscaloosa. The feature movie at the time was “Flying Leathernecks” starring John Wayne.