Charles Theatre

35 Commerce Street,
Montgomery, AL 36106

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The Charles Theater

The Charles Theatre was opened November 4, 1940 with Judy Canova in “Scatterbrain”. It was located next door to the Rogers Theatre.

The Charles Theatre was closed on March 21, 1974.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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maxandmarian on November 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

This theatre was built for a private owner named CHARLES ROOK. He could only get second run product. His motto was “REMEMBER, it’s NEW until YOU have seen it.” He lived at the GREYSTONE hotel on the next block. He usually stood at the door and greeted the patrons. Later years, I worked there as a union projectionist when ABC was running it. They were showing chopped up X rated at the time. A bank is now on that spot.

65Belv on September 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

That photograph of the Charles Theater brings back a lot of memories. I remember going there as a kid in the ‘50s and 60’s as I grew up in Montgomery. Although I can’t remember the name of the particular “picture show” as we used to call it, I remember seeing a “scary” movie there about some creatures from outer space that would fly through the air, land on peoples heads and inject something into their brain. Scared the crap out of me! Ah, the good ol’ “Charles”. One of childhoods great experiences!

TheaterLover800 on June 30, 2017 at 3:46 am

I remember seeing Psycho, the second time, in a 1965 reissue and 1966 reissue of the ten commandments well as John Huston’s the Bible.Also West side story in 66 too, the auditorium was small.It had no Panavision screen, It was square .West side story and some other widescreen film I saw were letterboxed.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

The Charles stopped appearing in the Montgomery Advertiser after 3/21/1974.

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