Sammy T's Music Hall
116 Washington Street SE,
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The Tony Theatre opened on Thursday, May 26, 1960. The address changed three times over the years, from 114, to 112, to 116 Washington Street. There was an open house from 7 to 9 on Wednesday May 25, 1960, where admission was free and people were free to tour the theatre and see the projection equipment in action while cartoons and short subjects were continuously played. An RCA engineer was on hand to answer questions about the projection and sound.
The theatre advertised that it had, at that time, Alabama’s largest indoor screen. It also claimed in its ads to have the first traveling-message sign in Hunstville and the first one to be used in the nation for theatre attraction. Other features of the theatre were four-color hand-painted screen curtains, four track stereo sound, and staggered seating vision. The first movie shown at the Tony was “Wild River”.
The theatre became the Martin Theatre on September 19, 1962. The theatre’s last day of business as a movie theatre was August 23, 1982.
It now operates as live performance venue, named Sammy T’s Music Hall.
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