Capri Theatre

1045 East Fairview Avenue,
Montgomery, AL 36106

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: William J. Okel

Functions: Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Clover Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 334.262.4858

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Capri Theatre

The Clover Theatre was built in 1941, opening on July 18, 1941 with Jack Benny in “Love Thy Neighbor”. It was Montgomery’s first neighborhood movie house. It was operated through the 1940’s by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Wilbey-Kincey.

Renovated in 1962, it reopened as the Capri Theatre on December 21, 1962 with Sophia Loren in “Boccaccio ‘70”. Since 1983, the Capri Community Film Society has operated the theatre under the management of Director, and Cinema Treasures contributor, Martin McCaffery.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

brucelee on August 30, 2004 at 8:24 pm

Great movie house!!! Currently plays independent films!!! Great southern charm!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2009 at 4:26 am

Boxoffice Magazine of July 19, 1941, said the Clover Theatre had opened on Friday (the 19th was a Saturday that year.) According to Boxoffice, the theater had “…ultra-modern appointments and decorations.” The seating capacity was given as 700. The first manager was Don W. Randolph, formerly of Asheville, N.C., and the projectionist was B.P. Bopkins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2009 at 8:35 am

An item about the Clover Theatre, as yet unnamed, appeared in Boxoffice, August 17, 1940. The item gave the location as Cloverdale Road and Fairview Avenue. The new house for R.B. Wilby’s Alabama Theatres was designed by Montgomery architect William J. Okel. Okel designed a few other theaters but I’ve not yet tracked them down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 4:33 am

Not much of a picture on the night view.

CSWalczak on October 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm

The Capri Community Film Society which has been leasing the theater on a month-to-month basis for twenty-seven years has finally been able to buy the theater, giving it a more stable future: View link

rivest266 on March 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

This reopened on December 21st, 1962 as Capri with Boccaccio ‘70

rivest266 on March 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

TheaterLover800 on June 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

Before the fire in the early 70’s, the snack stand was in the middle.I would see the James Bond movies up there. Reissue of the sound of music.I also saw My Fair Lady and the greatest story ever told.I also remember seeing the cut up porn back in the early 80’s, before it was raided, by D.a Jimmy evans .I think for sneaking in an uncut version of Debbie does Dallas.I also finally heard their stereophonic sound system when the reissue of Fantasia was held in 1977.I was too young to see Flesh for Frankenstein in 3d and the stewardesses in 3d when it was played up there, but, I wanted to see it.

50sSNIPES on October 3, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Unlike most theaters, When the Clover opened its doors with Jack Benny in “Love Thy Neighbor” as its grand opening attraction, people are not allowed to sit at the balcony, possibly because of repairs or wasn’t even finished yet, I don’t know yet for sure. Its advertisement reads: “THE BALCONY WILL NOT BE OPEN”.

50sSNIPES on October 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm

The theater did survive the following: a fire, a flood, and financial famine. It was once raided by the Montgomery Police Department for showing X-films at one point.

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