Monroe Park Theater

Madea Street,
Mobile, AL 36605

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Monroe Park

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Located beside the Mobile River on Bay Shore Street (which no longer exists). The Monroe Park Theater was an open air theater in what was (back in the day) a much larger Monroe Park.

Contributed by Bill Jackson

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lonespaceranger
lonespaceranger on September 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Above is an illustration, intended to display the attractions of Monroe Park instead of being in perspective. The open air theater is on the left. I had a picture on a hard drive that died that showed the theater better. You can barely see the projection booth on top of a tower in the middle of the seats.

lonespaceranger
lonespaceranger on September 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

New picture above. Found a couple of additional pictures of this theater. The one with the people was dated 1906. I have found a couple of other pictures in and around the park that show what might be the theater seats, and it does look as though north is toward the screen. I have found a reference to an open air theater in Frascatti Park (apparently Oscar Wilde spoke there), which was adjacent to Monroe Park, so that may be what is in the illustration. 1938 aerial photography shows little evidence of the park having been there, and I have seen it said that the park was closed in 1940. Hurricanes may have been responsible, at least in part, for the closing of the park (last one was in 1938). The Alabama State Docks ended up owning the area. It was converted to industrial use.

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