2801 Memorial Parkway, SE,
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The Madison Theatre opened on Friday, December 8, 1967. The first movie shown there was “Hawaii”. The theatre featured 70mm and 35mm projection, six track stereo sound capability and automated projection.
This was the first installation of the J. Arthur Rank System in the United States for Error Free Shows. The theatre had 850 wide rocking chairs.
The theatre was later twinned. After twinning, theatre 1 had 792 seats and theatre 2 had 372 seats. In the larger auditorium with the 70mm projection and 6 track sound, there were five Altec 84 speakers behind the 70 foot curved screen, and the surround speakers were invisible to the audience, since those speakers were recessed into the cinder-block walls and were behind the curtains.
The theatre’s last night of business was Thursday, August 28, 1986. United Amusements, based in Albertville, Alabama, had owned the theatre since 1981 and United Amusements district manager said that the theatre closed because the theatre could no longer book top features. This theatre was the death of the “big screen” in Huntsville.
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