Folly Theatre

215 Walnut Street,
Port Gibson, MS 39150

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The Folly Theatre was open in the early-1940’s with a seating capacity of 300. The Folly Theatre was much smaller than the Crystal Theatre located around the corner and down a block. The theatre was operated by Theatre Services. The Folly Theatre closed in the mid-1950’s which left the Crystal Theatre as the only operating theatre in Port Gibson. The building which housed the Folly Theatre is still standing, but its usage is unknown.

Any additional information on the Folly Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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SethG
SethG on September 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

The address must be wrong. 215 was a store, long ago demolished. In the 1979 NRHP listing, the pictures show it to be the Michael Ellis Dry Goods store, and it has obviously been that for a long time by then. A construction date of 1927 is given, and the building has large recessed shop windows that make it obvious it was built as a store. Nothing else on the block is a good candidate. A few of the older commercial buildings on the block are deep enough, but none really look like a theater, and most had clearly been occupied for many years by other businesses in the 1979 photos.

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