Fain Theatre

101 E. Bridge Street,
Wetumpka, AL 36092

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Plaza Theatre

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The Plaza Theatre was opened on September 6, 1934 with Shirley Temple & Adolphe Menjou in “Little Miss Marker”. On September 9, 1937 it was renamed Fain Theatre, opening with Janet Gaynor in “A Star is Born”. Seating was provided for 700, with 500-seats in the orchestra and 200-seats for African Americans in the balcony. The Fain Theater was purchased by the Martin Theatre chain in 1945. It closed as a movie theatre in the 1970’s. The building has been converted to office space.

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kencmcintyre on December 20, 2008 at 2:49 am

Here is another view of the Fain Theater:

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Silicon Sam on June 8, 2009 at 1:06 am

Looking through Google Maps, business locations, and Street View, the address should be 101 E. Bridge Street. Land Bank is 105, Edward Jones is 103….

Can’t quite make out the marquee, but something’s Coming Soon…

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WEagle on March 29, 2011 at 12:52 am

Place is now for sale, $150k. See the WAKA-TV website for more info.


50sSNIPES on June 6, 2021 at 3:47 pm

The Fain Theatre is first known as the Plaza Theatre and opened on September 6, 1934 with Charles Bickford in “Little Miss Marker”. It became the Fain Theatre exactly 3 years and 3 days later on September 9, 1937 and reopened with Federick March and Janet Gaynor in the hit-smash “A Star Is Born” along with a Disney cartoon. Information about the theater goes as follows: The theater was named after Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Fain. Located a foot away from the Bibb Graves Bridge, it is easily accessable to both sections of the city. A brick constructed theater with a 13x16 marquee and finished foyer and lobby. The size is 38x120 with a seating capacity of 500 in the first floor for white people and 200 for colored people in the second floor bringing a total of 700. The curtain is iridescent dream cloth with maroon and cream walls and the aisles carpeted. Lighting is arranged along the walls and further softened by vari-colored lights on either side of the tall white lights. The seats were draped in red leather being upholstered luxurious with the best edge springs. They’re spaced 32 inches apart for the further convenience and comfort of patrons, with the standard spacing being 30 inches. Simplex projectors were used in the booth. Red, blue and white lights in front the Neon sign were most attractive, the movable display being in shape of a fan opening and closing. There is a V-shape marquee for the display of current attractions. Inside emergency exits are prepared as well, and heating and cooling plants were also installed.

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