Century Theatre

520 E. Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39201

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The Century Theatre history

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The Century Theatre opened in 1901. Seating was listed at 1,475. Various operators over the life span include, Paramount-Publix, Paramount-Richards and Paramount-Gulf States. The Century Theatre was in operation until the early-1950’s when the seating capacity had been reduced to 900. The front of the building is still standing, but the auditorium was demolished in 1963 and the site now occupied by law offices.

Any additional information on the Century Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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mecooper77
mecooper77 on July 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

The actual seating was 1,475 and not 900 as listed above. The building was razed in 1963, and NOT still standing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

mecooper77 is correct that the Century Theatre building has been entirely demolished. The Century Theatre was in the five-story building with the shed-like entrance canopy seen in this early postcard. The three-story building on the corner of President Street is still standing, but the next two buildings in the photo have been replaced by a parking lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Also, Jerry Dallas’s paper Movie Theaters in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi (PDF here) gives the address of the Century as 510 E. Capitol Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Usually, when a duplicate shows up the older page gets to stay, but I think that’s because whoever submitted the first one might be miffed if theirs was the one eliminated. As Chuck submitted both of these pages that won’t be a problem here.

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