Movie Theatre Information:  Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama

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Historical Information: Georgia: Rome

Movies at Mount Berry Square

Opening date: 1995/12/21

First movies shown:

The Movies at Mount Berry Square opened on Friday, December 21, 1995. The movies shown on opening night were ????Grumpier Old Men???? at 7:05 and 9:00, ????Dracula: Dead and Loving It???? at 7:25 and 9:10, ????Tom and Huck???? at 7:20 and 9:10, ????Sudden Death???? at 7:00 and 9:05, ????Cutthroat Island???? at 7:15 and 9:35, and ????Golden Eye???? at 7:10 and 9:35. The theatre advertised Dolby and DTS sound. The theatre is located next to Mount Berry Square Mall, which opened in 1991 just north of Berry College on US 27 north.

Litchfield Cinemas

Opening date: 1982/12/09

First movies shown:

The Litchfield Cinemas was opened on Friday, December 9, 1982 by Litchfield Theatres. For the first week (including opening night), three movies were advertised: ????Jason and the Argonauts???? at 7:00 and 9:00, ????Sudden impact???? at 7:00 and 9:30, and ????Christine???? at 7:15 and 9:40. The theatre advertised Dolby Stereo Sound. Four screens began being used the following week on Friday, December 16, 1983.

Rome 3 Theatres [Cobb]

Opening date: 1974/06/07

First movies shown:

The Rome 3 Theatres were opened on Friday, June 7, 1974 by Cobb Theatres. The theatre was located at 5 Coosawattee Avenue. The movies shown on opening night were ????Golden Voyage of Sinbad????, ????Papilion????, and ????Sleeper????.

Mall Cinema (at Riverbend Mall)

Opening date: 1979/04/06

First movie shown: The Champ

LAM Theatres opened the Mall Cinema at Riverbend Mall on April 6, 1979. The theatre was located next to Miller's. ????The Champ???? was the first movie shown at the location at 7:00 and 9:15 opening night.

Village Theatre

Opening date: 1969/07/18

First movie shown: South Pacific

The Village Theatre had its grand opening on Friday, July 18, 1969 with a ribbon cutting at 7:30. The theatre was originally run by LAM Amusement Company, which ran all of the theatres in Rome at the time. The theatre had ????rocker lounger chairs???? when it opened. It is located at 836 Turner McCall Blvd. The movie shown on opening night was ????South Pacific???? at 8:30. This location was later made into a triple cinema. August 12, 1983 was the first night of operation as the ????Village 3????. The movies shown that night were ????Cujo???? at 7:00 and 9:00, ????Curse of the Pink Panther???? at 7:00 and 9:00, and ????The Man Who Wasn't There 3D???? at 7:00 and 9:00. During its life, this theatre has been run by LAM Theatres, Chris McGuire Cinemas, Central Valley Cinemas, and Cobb Theatres. This theatre is still in operation, and is currently owned by Dr. Gary Smith.

North 53 Drive-In

Opening date: 1957/03/01

First movies shown:

The North 53 Drive-In had its grand opening on Friday, March 1, 1957 with the box office opening at 5:30. On opening night, ????The Proud Ones???? and ????Good Bye, My Lady???? were the two features shown. The drive-in was located on Calhoun Road.

West Rome Drive-In

Opening date: 1951/06/29

First movies shown:

The West Rome Drive-In opened on Friday, June 29, 1951 at 6:30. On opening night, ????Kansas Raiders???? and ????Undertow???? were the two features shown. The drive-in was located on Shorter Avenue.

Cedar Valley Drive-In

Opening date: 1949/07/04

First movie shown: The Big Cat

The Cedar Valley Drive-In was opened on Monday, July 4, 1949 by LAM Amusement Company. On opening night, ????The Big Cat???? was shown. The theatre had space for more than 500 cars and had a 54-foot screen. The drive-in was located on US 27 south, about 6 miles south of Rome, where US 411 south split off from US 27 to go toward Cave Spring. The advertisement stated that there was ????Always a color cartoon on every program for the kiddies????.

First Avenue Theatre

Opening date: 1949/05/16

First movie shown: Adventure in Baltimore

The First Avenue Theatre was opened on Monday, May 16, 1949 at 2:00 by LAM Amusement Company. On opening night, ????Adventure in Baltimore???? was shown. The theatre had 886 seats.

Gordon Theatre

Opening date: 1935/09/02

First movies shown:

The Gordon Theatre was opened on Monday, September 2, 1935 at 2:00 by LAM Amusement Company (O. C. Lam and J. Bailey Gordon). On opening night, on the stage was ????Paris Nights????, and on the screen, was ????Accent on Youth????. The theatre had 600 seats and had Western Electric sound equipment. Mrs. Hal Wallace had a soda shop in the Gordon Theatre.

DeSoto Theatre

Opening date: 1929/08/05

First movies shown:

The DeSoto Theatre had its formal opening on Monday, August 5, 1929 at 7:30. It was a LAM Amusement Company theatre. ????The Rainbow Man???? was shown at 8:00 that night, along with the extra added feature ????The Bath Between????. The theatre had 1200 opera chairs and Western Electric sound machines.

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