Fairfield Theater

5010 Gary Avenue,
Fairfield, AL 35064

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Fairfield Theater

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The Fairfield Theater was opened prior to 1928. It was still open in 1945, but had closed by 1950. It later re-opened and was closed during the July 1964-July 1968 time interval.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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StanMalone
StanMalone on July 14, 2016 at 9:29 am

This is a link to the Birmingham Rewound website which offers a fine history of Birmingham mostly via old newspaper articles. This entry for June of 1966 shows some movie ads with a “ladder” style ad which includes the Fairfield. It shows the current attraction as “Battle of the Bulge” which was the Christmas feature at Eastwood Mall.

http://www.birminghamrewound.com/features/1966-06.htm

There is no theater company name on the ad but most if not all of the drive ins listed were operated by the Newman Waters Company which also operated the Eastwood Mall Theater as well as the mall itself. It is possible that Waters owned all of these theaters but did not include Eastwood in order to keep its first run and first class status distinct from the neighborhood and drive in trade. Or, it is possible that by this time they had disposed of these theaters.

StanMalone
StanMalone on July 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

Another note related to my first comment. An ad from August 1966 has a kiddie show at 10AM on Saturday. It was playing at Eastwood, Capri, Fairfield, and College. Apparently all of these were Waters Theaters. On the CT page for the Capri, the intro consists of a mention of these Saturday morning kiddie shows.

On the CT page for the Homewood Theater, also run by Waters, I mentioned in my comment that I recall attending several kiddie shows there although my recollection is that they were on weekdays. That would have been 1960-62.

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