Fairhope Theatre

304 Fairhope Avenue,
Fairhope, AL 36532

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres, McLendon Theaters

Previous Names: Magnet Theatre, Playhouse

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Fairhope Theatre

The Magnet Theatre was opened on August 20, 1920. From 1924 to 1937 it was known as the Playhouse and then Playhouse Theatre. On December 2, 1937 it was reopened as the Fairhope Theatre. It was operated by Fred McLendon by 1950 and in the early-1970’s. McLendon Theaters was headquartered in Union Springs, AL, and ran theaters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

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dallasmovietheaters on April 8, 2019 at 10:12 am

This venue opened as The Magnet Theatre at 304 Fairhope Avenue on August 20, 1920. Playing mostly motion pictures, the venue also has some live, local theatre and the Magnet has a tagline marketing it as the “Community Playhouse.”

From 1924 to 1937, the theatre was known as The Playhouse and the Playhouse Theatre making the transition to sound films. The theatre closed for several months in 1937 re-emerging as the Fairhope Theatre in its grand re-opening on December 2, 1937.

In February of 1938, the operators of the competing Ritz Theatre – People’s Theatres Circuit – took over the Fairhope Theatre and closed the Ritz that same month.

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