Cricket Theater

114 W. Main Street,
Collinsville, AL 35961

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The Cricket Theatre

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Sadly, the Cricket Theater is now closed and gutted. It opened in 1946 and replaced an earlier 140 seat Cricket Theater which had a different location on Main Street. The theater’s tower clock was originally part of an old courthouse in DeKalb, Alabama.

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unknown
unknown on November 4, 2003 at 3:59 pm

The correct name of this theatre is The Cricket – NOT the Ritz. I first saw “Gone With The Wind” in this theatre as a ten year old boy. It also housed the local telephone exchange, complete with “number please” operators, in rooms upstairs. The owner, Millard Weaver, also owned the phone company.

JimDalrymple1
JimDalrymple1 on May 27, 2005 at 5:38 pm

I am the Jim Dalrymple in the posting above. I did, indeed, see “Gone With the Wind” in THIS Cricket Theatre. However, it was around 1950 when it was in re-release NOT the original realease. (I was only two years old when it was first released.)

I used to ride at lease weekly with Mr. Millard Weaver to the Sandy Theatre in nearby Crossville. He also owned that theatre.

ghehsv41
ghehsv41 on January 31, 2006 at 2:32 am

I never knew the theater as being named anything other than the “Cricket”. The Cricket’s days did not end completely in 1964. In 1966-1967 Millard Weaver, more for nostalgia than profit, reopened the Cricket on Friday and Saturday nights to show mostly “second run” movies (recent films that had completed their showings in major theaters.) Unfortunately, television, automobiles (driving to Gadsden or Ft. Payne to see a current movie wasn’t that big a trip,) and demographics (Collinsville is in a rural area and only had slightly over 1,100 residents) fairly much doomed this venture. The city of Collinsville itself is slowly wasting away, so it is likely that the Cricket will never again open in any capacity.

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[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 11:13 am

The first Cricket Theater may have had a Reproduco, which was a self-playing piano/organ combination instrument used for silent films, especially in the 1920’s.

mdavidwesley
mdavidwesley on May 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm

why the name ‘cricket theater’? could someone explain please…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2010 at 3:25 am

Boxoffice of May 22, 1948, ran this item datelined Collinsville: “Millard G. Weaver, owner of the Cricket and the Sandy theatres here, has announced his candidacy for mayor. Weaver opened his first theatre in Collinsville in 1924 and three years ago replaced it with a modern house.”

Boxoffice of January 29, 1968, referred to the Cricket as “long closed” when it was mentioned in an article about houses that had been reopened the previous year. The Cricket was in operation at least as late as 1977, when it was mentioned in the April 4 issue of Boxoffice.

The Cricket actually operated intermittently well into the 1970s. Boxoffice of January 29, 1968, listed the Cricket as one of several dark theatres in the region that had been reopened the previous year. But the very next issue of Boxoffice, February 5, said: “Gay Johnson, it has been reported, has closed his Cricket Theatre in Collinsville, Ala.”

The Cricket shows up again in Boxoffice of December 8, 1975, which reported that Jim Tripp, operator fo the DeKalb Theatre at Fort Payne, had reopened the Collinsville house. Tripp operated the Cricket at least until spring of 1977, when the April 4 issue of Boxoffice mentioned it again. I haven’t found it mentioned any later than that.

collinsvillecricket
collinsvillecricket on June 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

The Historic Cricket Theatre in Collinsville, Alabama was recently purchased by The Collinsville Historic Association. A major restoration process is now underway to preserve and restore this beloved timepiece. The Annual Collinsville Quilt Walk Sept 24 & 25, 2010 will feature a tour of the progress. The Annual Collinsville Turkey Trot Nov 13, 2010 will be a major event this year with the proceeds going to help fund the restoration of The Cricket Theatre. The New Library in Collinsville was the first restoration project for the town beginning in 2002, completed and opened in 2009. Updates can be viewed on Collinsville Alabama Net. All donations for The Historic Collinsville Cricket Theatre can be accepted by The Collinsville Historic Association, PO Box 849, Collinsville, AL 35961

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Good luck to them.

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