West End Theatre

1303 Tuscaloosa Avenue SW,
Birmingham, AL 35211

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Scarlet on May 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm

FTR, I grew up in West End. The theater was still opened until the mid 60’s. I worked in the ticket booth on many weekends while I was in the 8th grade. After the show started, I worked behind the refreshment counter. I was also in the Miss West End contest held there when I was in the 8th grade 64-65. After that it became Spivey Hobby and Toy which was already next door to the theater and needed to expand.

Memphispat on August 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

The West End Theater was open as late as 1958 and was located on the SW corner of 13th and Tuscaloosa Ave. After closing the next door tenant, Spivey’s, expanded into the space. On the NW corner was Donna Jean’s Candy Store – the theater didn’t have a snack bar so you had to bring your own. To further complicate the situation, for popcorn you went to Alley’s Drug Store on the NE corner where an older lady had a popcorn machine.

The building formerly housing the theater burned several years ago.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

The West End Theatre was listed at 1203 Tuscaloosa Avenue in the 1928 Birmingham telephone directory. Either addresses were changed, or there was an earlier West End Theatre. There are no old buildings at 1203 Tuscaloosa either, so if there was an earlier West End Theatre there it has also been demolished.