214 Montgomery Street,
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Built in 1914, the Empire Theatre was renovated and reopened November 10, 1933 with Slim Summerville in “Love, Honor & Oh Baby!”. This historic cinema was demolished in August 1997, only two months before a hearing on its historical status.
The Empire Theatre is best known as the site where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. It was also the first venue Hank Williams, Sr. peformed in. In the 1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Wilby-Kincey. By 1975, it was operated by Martin Theatres
Demolition of the theater in 1997 made way for the Rosa Parks Memorial Library.
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