Art Theatre

954 Highland Avenue,
Montgomery, AL 36104

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Art Theatre

The Ritz Theatre was opened in the late-1920’s. By 1940 it had been renamed State Theatre and was operating as an African-American theatre. In 1952 it was renamed Art Theatre, and continued as an African-American theatres until it closed in the mid-1950’s. During its life it was operated by Publix followed by Wilby-Kincey.

By 2013, the building was in use as the Rose Supper Club.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Darren_Snow on April 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Planning to photograph a bunch of old theaters on a road trip and doing advance research…but I’m befuddled by this entry. Not sure what theater is featured in the above photo, but it’s certainly not the theater currently standing at the address of 954 Highland Av.–which is on a corner and not an angled intersection as shown. Also, the cars in the photo are from the late ‘50s or early '60s, by which time the Ritz–according to the caption–had long been renamed the Art. I’ll spend a little more time with the old city directories and see if I can help sort this out!

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