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Historical Information: Alabama: Albertville

Mall Garden Theatres

Opening date: 1974/12/25

First movies shown:

The Mall Garden Theatres was opened December 25, 1974 by United Amusements. It was located in Albertville on US 431 south of intersection with AL 75, behind Marshall County Mall. The movies shown that night were in theatre 1, ????The Longest Yard???? starring Burt Reynolds at 7:20 and 9:45, and in theatre 2, ????The Trial of Billy Jack???? staring Tom Laughlin at 6:10 and 9:30. Albertville Mayor Buford Cryar cut the ribbon Monday morning (December 23, 1974) to formally open the theatre, and the theatre showed its first movies Christmas night. The theatre was advertised as a ????rocking chair theatre????. Glen Gilley was the general manager of United Amusements Company in the Albertville area. Hal Jolley was the manager of the new Mall Garden Theatres. W. W. Hammonds was president of United Amusements (owners of the new theatres). Randy Hammonds was the Albertville Vice President for United Amusements. Ferrell Sparks was construction supervisor for Three Bees Construction Company, who built the theatre. United Amusements also owned the Martin, Shadyside Drive-In, and Marshall Drive-In. It operated until late 2001, then its sign said it was closed for remodeling. In February 2002, I drove by and it said the building was for sale.

Martin Theatre

Opening date: 1966/06/10

First movie shown: Thunderball

The Martin Theatre in Albertville opened Friday, June 10, 1966 at 7:30 PM. ????Thunderball???? with Sean Connery was the first movie shown. Free orchids were given to the first 200 ladies on opening night. All 800 seats sold out opening night. The theatre was located in the Sand Mountain Shopping Center and had Heywood-Wakefield chairs, a Vista-Vue screen (which had no black border, but blended in with the walls), all-purpose projection equipment (which could run any type movie except Cinerama), tendering and gold decorations, and a 2-story all-glass ????open-air???? lobby. A theatre of identical construction was opened in Cullman a week earlier.

Shadyside Drive-In

Opening date: 1951/06/07

First movie shown: The Eagle and the Hawk

The Shadyside Drive-In opened Thursday, June 7, 1951 at 6:00 PM. ????The Eagle and the Hawk???? starring John Payne and Rhonda Flemming was the first movie shown (on June 7 and 8). It was located on Albertville-Boaz Highway

Carol Theatre

Opening date: 1938/09/12

First movie shown: Vivacious Lady

The Carol Theatre in Albertville was opened on Monday, September 12, 1938 by Amusement Enterprises, Inc. Col. Thomas E. Orr was the president of the company. ????Vivacious Lady???? was the first show (which played on September 12 and 13). It was located on Main Street in Albertville and seated 600. The Carol seems to have closed when the Martin Theatre opened, or shortly afterwards.

Princess Theatre

Existed by 1932. Located on Main Street in Albertville. Seated 250. Existed in 1954.

Marshall Drive-In

Opening date: 1949/05/26

First movie shown: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Marshall Drive-In opened Thursday, May 26, 1949, with the gates opening at 6:00 and the show starting at dusk. The first movie was ????The Secret Life of Walter Mitty???? which was shown on Thursday and Friday. The drive-in was owned by a corporation made up of Cullen B. Goss, owner of Albertville Airport, and W. W. Hammonds, owner of the Joy Theatre in Fyffe. The opening of the theatre was planned for April 1949, but was delayed by bad weather.

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