Davis Theatre

251 Montgomery Street,
Montgomery, AL 36104

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Davis Theatre

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Built in 1929 and opened on January 25, 1930 as the 1,525-seat Paramount Theatre. During the 1940’s, the Paramount Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Wilby-Kincey.

“The Robe” was the first CinemaScope film to be screened here, as were many 3D films in the 1950’s. The Paramount Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1976, with a revival of “Gone With the Wind”.

The theatre was restored and reopened in the 1983 as the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, which now showcases live theater performances.

Contributed by Martin Mccaffery

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teecee
teecee on February 15, 2005 at 6:56 pm

Hoempage – access theater history at the bottom:
http://www.tsum.edu/davis/default.cfm

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 5, 2005 at 11:20 pm

The Paramount Theatre opened in 1929.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 19, 2014 at 6:33 am

The July 6, 1929, issue of Motion Picture News had this item about the new Publix house under construction in Montgomery:

“Publix Building 1500 Seat Theatre in Montgomery

“ACCORDING to plans prepared by McDonald & Company, architects and engineers, of Atlanta, the de luxe theatre which Publix Theatres Corporation is to build at Montgomery, Ala., will be one of the handsomest and most completely equipped houses of its kind in the South. The house will seat 1,500 and will be of stadium type. Steel, concrete and brick will be used in the construction, the exterior trim being in limestone. Light buff will be the color of the brick.

“Work already has started, the old buildings on the lot having been removed and excavating is now in progress. It is planned to have the theatre ready for opening about the first of the year. It will be located at the corner of Montgomery and Molton Streets and will represent an investment said to be approximately $275,000.”

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