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.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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ghehsv41
ghehsv41 on January 31, 2006 at 12:32 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 9:13 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2007 at 9:26 am

At least the clock is still working….

“Collinsville Historic Association:

One current project of the Historic Association is restoration of the Collinsville “Town Clock” which has long been a symbol and trademark of Collinsville ~ the fate of the Seth Thomas clock that once sat atop the Cricket Theatre, is no longer in jeopardy. In cooperation with the Town, CHA was instrumental in finding help in the form of a qualified restorer of classic time pieces. The clock has recently undergone a total restoration to its original condition and is currently on display at the Town Hall".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2007 at 10:08 am

This is a 2007 photo of the Cricket Theater building taken by Shani. The clock has been removed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Here is an updated link for the 2007 photo.

mdavidwesley
mdavidwesley on May 13, 2008 at 3:25 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

This is a 2008 close-up view.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2010 at 1:25 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 12:00 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 12:31 pm

Good luck to them.

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