Midtown Theatre

270 Dauphin Street,
Mobile, AL 36603

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Crown Theater, Mobile, Alabama in 1911

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Opened as the Crown Theatre in 1911. Later renamed the Midtown Theatre when it started playing adult fare. The theatre is now a night club called the Crown.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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CSWalczak on February 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

From the Mobile Press-Register of February 23, 1911: “The opening of the New Crown Theatre last night was a conspicuous event in the history of Mobile amusements. When the doors of the beautiful new edifice located on Dauphin between Jackson and Joachim streets, were thrown open to the public, the people of Mobile were permitted for the first time to enjoy a moving picture performance in a building especially constructed for that purpose — beautiful, sanitary and refined in appearance.”

It is obvious that by 1988, it was hardly beautiful any more and no doubt something less than sanitary and refined.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

When Google’s camera car went by in 2007, the Midtown Theatre building was sporting the signage of Atlantis, a night club that was closed in 2011. I’ve been unable to discover if the building has since been reoccupied, but it might be an establishment called the Sports Bar & Grill, unless the multiple search results are a bunch of old pages from before it became the Atlantis (somebody should come up with a way of cleaning the Internet.)

The ornate facade of the building is largely unchanged from the way it looked in this 1920 photo of the Crown Theatre from the Erik Overbey collection at the University of South Alabama.

MobileArthouseGuy on October 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

The Midtown theater is closed. It was replaced by The Crown(nightclub) then Atlantis (nightclub) and a few other nightclub which are all closed also. The building is currently empty but I was there today and it appears they are painting it so something show be being planned but it will not be a theater.

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