Midtown Theatre

270 Dauphin Street,
Mobile, AL 36603

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Previously operated by: King Theatres Inc., Saenger Amusement Company

Functions: Bar, Pool Hall

Previous Names: Crown Theatre

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Crown Theater, Mobile, Alabama in 1911

Opened as the Crown Theatre in 1911. By 1940 it was operated by the Saenger Amusement Co. Later renamed the Midtown Theatre when it started playing adult fare. The theatre became a night club called the Crown. By summer of 2016 it was a pool hall and bar.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

CSWalczak on February 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

From the Mobile Press-Register of February 23, 1911: “The opening of the New Crown Theatre last night was a conspicuous event in the history of Mobile amusements. When the doors of the beautiful new edifice located on Dauphin between Jackson and Joachim streets, were thrown open to the public, the people of Mobile were permitted for the first time to enjoy a moving picture performance in a building especially constructed for that purpose — beautiful, sanitary and refined in appearance.”

It is obvious that by 1988, it was hardly beautiful any more and no doubt something less than sanitary and refined.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

When Google’s camera car went by in 2007, the Midtown Theatre building was sporting the signage of Atlantis, a night club that was closed in 2011. I’ve been unable to discover if the building has since been reoccupied, but it might be an establishment called the Sports Bar & Grill, unless the multiple search results are a bunch of old pages from before it became the Atlantis (somebody should come up with a way of cleaning the Internet.)

The ornate facade of the building is largely unchanged from the way it looked in this 1920 photo of the Crown Theatre from the Erik Overbey collection at the University of South Alabama.

MobileArthouseGuy on October 1, 2013 at 3:49 am

The Midtown theater is closed. It was replaced by The Crown(nightclub) then Atlantis (nightclub) and a few other nightclub which are all closed also. The building is currently empty but I was there today and it appears they are painting it so something show be being planned but it will not be a theater.

Trolleyguy on June 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Now the Xcite Pool Hall and Lounge.

Cinematron on July 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

While this building was used as a club called The Crown at the turn of the 21st century, before renaming itself as Atlantis, there was an adult theater accessible from the parking lot in the back. I don’t know the size of the screen and room, as I only heard about it, but it could not have been too large because the dance club occupied a significant amount of space.

fvalenti2 on July 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm

This is too bad for such a nice old theater.

lonespaceranger on July 23, 2017 at 4:14 pm

One of Charles King’s family told me once that it was called The Crown because every king needed a crown. in the late ‘60s throughout the '70s this was The Midtown Cinema, and they showed adult films. It had been changed quite a bit by then, but one of the renovations in recent years tried to restore it to an appearance closer to the photo above.

SethG on October 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

Needs to be listed as closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 5, 2022 at 11:31 pm

The January 13, 1940 issue of Boxoffice listed the Crown Theatre as one of three downtown Mobile houses then being operated by the Saenger Theatres Corporation. The other two were the Empire and the Saenger.

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