Movie Theatre Information:  Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama

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Historical Information: Alabama: Anniston

AmStar 12

Opening date: 2000/11/02

First movies shown:

The AmStar 12 had its first day of operation on Thursday, November 2, 2000. It is located at Quintard Mall, Oxford, AL and was built with stadium seating and digital sound. Its first day of normal operation was on Friday, November 3, 2000, the day that the Quintard Mall expansion opened. On November 2, tickets were not sold and only Dillards passes were accepted. That day, the following movies were shown: ????Nutty Professor 2???? at 12:00, 1:00, 2:05, 3:05, 4:10, 6:15, 7:00, 8:30, and 9:20; ????Big Momma's House???? at 12:05, 1:05, 2:10, 3:15, 4:15, 5:30, 7:05, 8:00, and 9:20; ????The Perfect Storm???? at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00; ????Chicken Run???? at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:120, 7:30, and 9:10; ????Mission Impossible 2 at 12:10, 1:15, 3:10, 4:15, 5:10, 7:15, and 9:10; and ????X-Men???? at 12:00, 12:45, 2:20, 3:00, 4:40, 5:30, 7:15, 8:00, and 9:35. The next day, on the first day of normal operation, the following movies were shown: ????Charlie's Angels???? at 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, and 10:00; ????Remember the Titans???? at 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:05, and 9:40; ????Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2???? at 12:20, 2:20, 4:10, 7:20, and 9:35; ????Meet the Parents???? at 12:05, 2:40, 4:45, 7:15, and 9:45; ????The Contender???? at 12:05, 2;40, 5:10, 7:35, and 10:00; ????Legend of Bagger Vance???? at 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, and 10:00; ????Little Vampire???? at 12:15, 2:35, 4:45, 7:15, and 9:20; ????Lucky Numbers???? at 2:40, 4:50, 7:20, 9:30; ????Pay it Forward???? at 2;30, 5:05, 7:35, and 10:00; ????Dr. T and the Women???? at 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, and 10:00; and ????Bedazzled???? at 12:25, 2:45, 4:45, 7:00, and 9:15.

Carmike 6

Opening date: 1986/11/21

First movies shown:

This theatre opened as a 6-screen multiplex on Friday, November 21, 1986 at 5804 Weaver Road (just south of where US 431 joins AL 21). This theatre was built by Carmike Cinemas and was a first-run theatre from opening until closing shortly after the AmStar 12 theatre opened.

The movies shown on opening night were:

Eye of the Tiger7:159:15
Short Circuit7:159:15
Nothing in Common7:009:00
Peggy Sue Got Married7:009:00
About Last Night7:009:30

Carmike Plaza 6

Opening date: 1977/11/23

First movies shown:

This theatre opened at 3416 McClelan Blvd. on Wednesday, November 23, 1977 next to Mason's at Anniston Plaza as a 3-screen multiplex. The theatre was built by Fairlane/Litchfield theatres and was later run by United Artists and later by Carmike Cinemas who runs the theatre presently. This theatre became a second-run theatre when the AmStar 12 opened at Quintard Mall.

The movies shown on opening night were:

The Other Side of Midnight7:30 only
Damnation Alley7:459:30
Star Wars7:009:30

This location had become a 4-plex by July 1982, a 5-plex by July 1984, and a 6-plex, it's final configuration, by July 1986.

Cheaha Cinemas

Opening date: 1971/09/15

First movie shown: Scandalous John

This theatre opened as a single screen theatre on Wednesday, September 15, 1971. It was located at Blue Pond Plaza at US 431 and US 78. The theatre opened at 7:00 on opening night for a ribbon-cutting and the first movie shown was "Scandalous John" at 7:30. The theatre featured rocking chair seats and may have been locally owned. Fairlane/Litchfield Theatres took the location over at some point (by July 1977). The theatre was twinned at some point between July 1976 and July 1977. It became a 4-plex between July 1984 and July 1986.

This location closed at some point in time 1987 or later.

Calhoun Theatre

Opening date: 1942/02/20

First movie shown: Look Who's Laughing

The Calhoun Theatre was opened on Friday, February 20, 1942 by Alabama Theatres, Inc. (which also operated the Ritz, the Noble, and the Cameo). The movie shown on opening night was ????Look Who's Laughing????, shown with the color cartoon, ????All This, and Rabbit Stew????. Don Randolph from Montgomery was the first manager. It was located located on Noble Street, and still exists in a run-down condition. It seated 1091 and was an entirely new building on a site formerly occupied by the Garden Theatre, which was erected during World War I. The theatre appears to have closed between July 1982 and July 1984.

Rialto Theatre

No longer in operation. Existed in 1954.

Ritz Theatre

No longer in operation. Located at Noble and 13th Streets. Seated 1216. Opened around 1927. Was originally the Lyric Theatre and the name was changed to the Ritz during or before 1930. Appears to have closed between July 1978 and July 1980.

Gem Theatre

No longer in operation. Was a Negro theatre. Existed in 1954.

Bama Drive-In

Opening date: 1950/10/27

First movie shown: Curtain Call at Cactus Creek

The Bama Drive-In opened on Friday, October 27, 1950 at 5:30. The movie shown on this night was ????Curtain Call at Cactus Creek???? at 6:15 and 8:15. The drive-in was located on Jacksonville Highway and appears to have closed between July 1978 and July 1980.

Midway Drive-In

Opening date: 1950/04/19

First movie shown: Red, Hot, and Blue

The Midway Drive-In opened on Wednesday, April 19, 1950, with the first show being ????Red, Hot, and Blue???? at 6:30 and 9:00. It was located on Jacksonville Highway and appears to have closed between July 1980 and July 1982.

Skyway Drive-In

Opening date: 1948/08/04

First movie shown: Three Little Girls in Dixie

The Skyway Drive-In was to open on Wednesday, August 4, 1948, but actually opened on either Saturday, August 7 or Sunday, August 8, 1948 due to construction delays. The newspaper did not run on Saturdays at that time. The first feature shown was ????Three Little Girls in Dixie???? at 7:15. It was located 2 miles from Oxford on the Talladega Highway. It appears to have closed between July 1982 and July 1984.

Starlite Drive-In

Opening date: 1950/07/18

First movie shown: The Hasty Heart

The Starlite Drive-In opened on July 18, 1950. The first show was ????The Hasty Heart???? starring Ronald Reagan. Closed around 1958, when Ford temporarily took over the site as a distribution center for Edsels. A supermarket and car wash now sit on the site.

Oxford Theatre

No longer in operation. Located at 524 Main Street. Seated 260. Existed in 1954.

Cameo Theatre

Opening date: 1939/02/27

First movie shown: You're Only Young Once

The Cameo Theatre was opened Monday, February 27, 1939 at 1:00 PM by Alabama Theatres. It featured RCA sound equipment and Simplex projectors. The first movie shown was ????You're Only Young Once???? and the first manager was Charles Simpson, who had been with Alabama Theatres since 1935. It was located on Noble Street between Woolworth's and Held Bros, and appears to have closed between 1950 and 1960.

Savoy Theatre

No longer in operation. Located next to Scarbrough's Drug Store.


No longer in operation.

Alamo Theatre

No longer in operation.

Lyric Theatre

No longer in operation. Nocated on the northwest corner of 13th and Noble Streets. Existed in 1922.

Noble Theatre

No longer in operation. Built in 1883 by William Noble. Located at 10th and Noble Streets. Seated 1200 with standing room for 200. Nodeled after the famous Winter Garden in New York City. Renovated in 1888. Had a 35 by 70 foot stage. In 1908, lightning struck the building, causing heavy damage, after which, the building was revamped. The auditorium was lowered to the ground floor. Demolished in 1958. A stained glass window was saved from the theatre, and was put in the Anniston Room at the public library in 1989.

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