Jupiter Theatre

2500 7th Avenue S,
Birmingham, AL 35233

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The Festival Theatre opened as an art house movie theatre in April 1969. Open in 2000 as an adult porn theatre & book store.

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Backseater
Backseater on September 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

I think this is where I saw the classic exploitation film “Trader Hornee” (the ‘e’s are silent) in 1971. It was produced by Birmingham native schlockmeister David F. Friedman, who also appears in a cameo in the film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066479/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/David_Friedman

The location fits with what I remember, slightly South and East of the University Hospital complex. The theater was very small, with only two employees: a ticket-taker/concessionaire and a manager/projectionist. It may have been a recycled “Jerry Lewis Cinema” which was common at the time.

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 20, 2017 at 4:55 am

I think that this is the theater that opened in April of 1969 as the Festival. Birmingham Wiki lists the address as 2500 7th Avenue South. Here is the link which includes a picture:

http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Festival_Cinema

The Birmingham Rewound site has the opening day ad:

http://www.birminghamrewound.com/features/1969-04.htm

The Wiki description says that the site is now Nabors Radiator. That company uses a 25th Street address but the way the streets and street numbers are aligned means that the correct address for this theater is 2500 7th Avenue South, not 2400 which would be one block to the west.

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

While this location is indeed open, I doubt if it is showing movies as indicated in the header. The current occupant is Nabors Radiator and Electrical Services.

As to the question of it being a Jerry Lewis location, I do not think that it was. The location is pretty close intown for a JL as all of the ones I have known about were located in malls and shopping centers in the suburbs. The only JL that I am aware of in Birmingham was located in Vestavia Hills on US 31 next door to the Birmingham Lanes Bowling and the Thunderbird DI. It only operated for a couple of years before being bought out by the R.C.Cobb Company which changed the name to Vestavia.

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