Monroe Theatre

Monroeville, AL 36460

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Operating prior to 1941. By 1950 it was operated by the McLendon Theatres chain. This theatre premiered “To Kill A Mockingbird” and was located in the hometown of author, Nelle Harper Lee.

Locals referred to it as "the picture show." The theatre was run by Bill Hendrix and it burned in 1977 while the movie, “Midway” was showing.

Contributed by Patsy

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joby on September 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm

William ‘Bill’ Hendrix was my maternal grandfather, he died in 1957 or 1958. My siblings and I (from Natchez, MS) used to visit his sisters Margie, Vernon and Dot at the Monroeville family home, which was at the corner of the square next to the theatre. We have recollections of seeing horror movies there on our visits in the late 50’s – early 60’s, but I wouldn’t know who owned it then. Are you sure it stopped operating in 1941? Both Harper Lee and Truman Capote saw movies there in their youth. Harper inscribed a copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird” to my grandmother Margaret Hendrix, writing “From just another kid who was raised in Bill’s theatre”. Bill Hendrix also was a cousin of Truman Capote, whose maternal grandmother was Edna Hendrix.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

joby: The phrase “operating prior to 1941” only indicates that the theater opened sometime before that year, but we don’t know how long before. When a theater is newly listed at Cinema Treasures, there is often very little information about it available. The site relies on members to fill in the story of a theater by leaving comments. Eventually, when enough information has accumulated, one of the site’s moderators will get around to updating the description to include it.

Thanks for your comment. It’s always interesting to hear from people whose family members operated a theater. Any additional information you can provide about the Monroe Theatre will be appreciated.

joby on September 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I have recollections of seeing some some truly grisly horror films in that theater. In earlier times, when Bill Hendrix owned the theater, some of our great aunts worked in the box office, and they talked about Harper Lee and Truman Capote coming to the box office to get their tickets. They said Truman was an odd little boy. He is represented in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by the character “Dill”.

DavePrice on May 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Do you remember where on the square the theater was located? Thanks, Dave

DavePrice on May 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

If I’m not mistaken “To Kill A Mockingbird” premiered in Mobile before playing Monroeville.

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