Temple Theatre

517 19th Street N,
Birmingham, AL 35201

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc., Wilby-Kincey

Architects: Eugene H. Knight

Previous Names: Loew's Temple Theatre

Nearby Theaters

Temple Theatre

After a remodeling of the 1922 built building, the Loew’s Temple Theatre opened in the Birmingham Masonic Temple auditorium on April 27th, 1925 with Norma Shearer in “Excuse Me” and five acts of vaudeville on the stage.

By 1941, it had been operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Wilby-Kincy, and was listed as (Closed). It was still listed as (Closed) in 1943, still under the Paramount banner. It was later used as a live theatre and concert venue, and was still open in 1954.

Contributed by Don Lewis / Billy Smith

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on November 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm

There is a record of Kilgen organ company installing a 3 manual organ at a Loew’s theatre in Birimingham. The record does not give a date or an opus number. Was this it?

TLSLOEWS on November 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Cool 1925 Picture,too bad theres not not more info.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2010 at 5:28 am

The Birmingham Masonic Temple was completed in 1922. It was designed by architect Eugene H. Knight, according to his entry in a later edition of the AIA Historical Directory of American Architects.

CSWalczak on September 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

This theatre should probably be listed simply as the Temple Theatre, as Loew’s was not the last operator; Loew’s Temple should be an AKA.

There is a great deal more about the Temple Theatre on this webpage (scan down toward the bottom of the page). The information indicates that the theater was demolished, apparently around 1970, and that it was used more frequently as a venue for live theater than for showing movies in spite of its being operated by both Loew’s and Paramount over the years. Loew’s moved its operations here in 1925 after previously housing them at the Bijou which apparently later became the Pantages.

rmhatter on March 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

Can someone please tell me what years John Lampe was orchestra director? He was a very good friend of my father when he lived in Birmingham as a young man. My father was a charter member of the Birmingham Symphony.

Backseater on October 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm

We moved to Bham from Houston in the summer of 1954. I remember attending concerts (Birmingham Symphony??) and a road show of “Once upon a Mattress” with Imogene Coca at the Temple. Its movie days were long gone by that time but it was still in use.

RoebuckJeffrey on June 23, 2016 at 10:26 pm

I really wish the Temple was standing today. I’ll never understand why Birmingham goes through these “Building Destruction” phases. Within the same month of the Temple’s destruction, we lost our beautiful Birmingham Terminal Station as well. Thankfully, the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre have both been beautifully restored to their former glory…I pray we keep them!

rivest266 on August 14, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.