Pastime Theatre

6th Street,
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

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The Pastime Theatre was opened by 1914. It had closed by May 1921.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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SethG on January 21, 2022 at 8:12 am

This theater had to have closed before May of 1921. Must have been in the 100 block of either East or West 6th. There was quite a bit of new construction on both blocks between the 1910 map and the 1921 map.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2022 at 11:01 am

If the Pastime was gone from this location by May, 1921, it’s likely that it had simply moved to new quarters by then. This item is from the January 18, 1922 issue of Film Daily:

“Adding Houses to Chain

“(Special to THE FILM DAILY)

“Florence, Ala.— The Rosenbaum interests have bought all holdings of Southern Enterprises at Sheffield and Tuscumbia. The new houses are the [unreadable] at Sheffield, and the Pastime and Strand at Tuscumbia. The operating company will be known as the North Alabama Enterprises.”

The Pastime was soon to pass anyway. The only house listed at Tuscumbia in the 1927 FDY was the Strand (the town is not listed in the 1926 FDY, but quite a few Alabama towns went missing that year. I think FDY just screwed up the listings for the state.)

SethG on January 21, 2022 at 11:14 am

It may have been vacant, since there are several spaces with that note. Definitely wasn’t anywhere else. The map only shows the Strand.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2022 at 12:03 pm

It might have been reopened after May, 1921 then. I doubt Louis Rosenbaum would have bought a phantom theater along with the Strand.

SethG on January 21, 2022 at 12:08 pm

No, but he could have taken over a vacant operation just to get the equipment and seats, or bought it to reopen it. At any rate, there is definitely only one theater in town in 1921.

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