3142 Lorna Road,
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Built by ABC Southeastern Theaters the Hoover Twin opened on December 21, 1977 with “The Gauntlet”. Two days later, side two opened with “The Worlds Greatest Lover”.
In the fall of 1978 ABC, which also operated the Alabama Theatre and Ritz Theatre in downtown as well as the Roebuck Theatre and Bessemer Twin Theatre along Birmingham’s northern arc, sold its theater interests to Plitt Theaters. In 1980, Plitt sold its Birmingham locations to Cobb Theaters. This left Cobb, which years before had bought out the Waters chain as well as the stand alone Capri Theatre and Midfield Theatre, was now in control of the Birmingham theater market save for a few independent drive-ins. It would be interesting to read the story of how this passed the anti-trust smell test.
In 1983, Cobb Theatres opened the Hoover Square 6 just down Highway 31 and closed this location. For years the building was home to a church and is now serving as the HQ for the Hoover Police Department.
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