Wilby Theatre

1103 Selma Avenue,
Selma, AL 36703

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The Wilby Theatre open in the early-1940’s. Seating was listed at 1,000. The theatre was owned by Wilby-Kincey Theatres.

The Wilby Theatre closed in the early-1970’s and has since been demolished. The site where the theatre once stood is now the Selma Public Library. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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ferenc
ferenc on April 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

The marquee of the Wilby Theatre is seen for a brief moment in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”, which was filmed in 1968 in Selma, Alabama.

James Kastner
James Kastner on September 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm

The movie that was playing at the Wilby Theatre in “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” was “The Family Way” with Hayley Mills.

Jimbo7
Jimbo7 on April 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

The Wilby did NOT close in the sixties. I was born in 1961 and I went to many movies in the sixties. It burned to the ground in the early seventies. The library was built where it used to be along with city hall and convention center.

davespeed
davespeed on May 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

Jimbo7 is correct. The Wilby burned during a matinee showing of Mary, Queen of Scots starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson.

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