Amite Theatre

123 W. Amite Street,
Jackson, MS 39201

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The Alamo Theatre was opened prior to 1921 and was an African-American theatre. It had 600 seats. By 1948 it had been renamed Amite Theatre with seating listed at 550. The theatre was operated by Theatre Services.

The Amite Theatre closed in the late-1950’s. In the 1970’s and 1980’s it operated a an African-American gay bar and nightclub known as Bill’s Disco. It has has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Interesting name.

possum
possum on August 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

I remember the Amite building served as a very nice gay bar for a number of years in the 1970s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

According to Movie Theaters in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi, by Jerry Dallas, the Amite Theatre was in the same building which had earlier housed the second Alamo Theatre. Like its predecessor, the Amite was an African American house.

The second Alamo had opened as the New Alamo Theatre around 1927, and occupied the building on Amite Street for more than twenty years. Arthur Lehman leased the building from the Orkin family, and when his lease ran out Ad and Andrew Orkin renovated the house and reopened it as the Amite Theatre in January, 1949, a few weeks before the Alamo reopened in its new location on Farish Street.

The Amite Theater survived for less than a decade, closing in 1958. The new Alamo outlasted it by more than twenty years.

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