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Davis Theatre, Montgomery (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Paramount-Publix, Wilby-Kincey
Firms: McDonald & Company
Functions: Live Theater, Performing Arts
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre
Built in 1929, the 1,525-seat Paramount Theatre opened on January 25, 1930 with Richard Arlen in “Burning Up”. During the 1940’s, the Paramount Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Wilby-Kincey.
“The Robe” was the first CinemaScope film to be screened here, as were many 3D films in the 1950’s. The Paramount Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1976, with a revival of “Gone With the Wind”.
The theatre was restored and reopened in the 1983 as the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, which now showcases live theater performances.
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Hoempage – access theater history at the bottom:
The Paramount Theatre opened in 1929.
The July 6, 1929, issue of Motion Picture News had this item about the new Publix house under construction in Montgomery:
Updated website link: http://www.troy.edu/davistheatre/
January 25th opening ad Paramount theatre opening · Sat, Jan 25, 1930 – 9 · The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama) · Montgomery Advertiser