Amite Theatre

123 W. Amite Street,
Jackson, MS 39201

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LeonNorman1814 on August 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

Bill’s Disco? In my research for early black gay clubs/bars and venues of the past in America I found out online that this old theater became Bill’s Disco back in the 70’s through the 80’s. Bill’s Disco and another club called Key West seemed to be the only black gay clubs of that era in that area.

If anyone has a picture of the theater or Bill’s actual club…please be kind enough to post it or send it to


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.

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.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Interesting name.