Alhambra Theater

542 Price Street,
Paris, TX 75460

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Alhambra Theater

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The Alhambra Theater opened in late-1940 with a seating capacity of over 500. It served the African-American community of Paris and was operated by Calvin & Ola Mae Griffin. It is is listed in the 1941 & 1943 edition’s of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 300. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. with 460 seats at; 552 E. Tudor Street, Paris, TX

In 1945, Claude Musselman in a 50/50 deal with the Interstate Circuit purchased the big theater. Sam Ginsburg bought the showplace in 1954, but in 1955 Ola Mae Griffin (Gibbs) returned to the theater and remained for 22 years.

In 1977 a huge fire gutted the old theater. The hulk of the building remained for a few years and was later demolished.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

An c. 1950 image of one side of the Alhambra’s marquee can be seen here.

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