1103 Selma Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Wilby-Kincey
Previous Names: Academy of Music, Academy Theatre
The Academy of Music was built in the 1880’s and was operating as a movie theatre by 1914. It was equipped with a Western Electric sound system in 1929. In 1930 it was renamed Academy Theatre. On August 28, 1938 it was renamed Wilby Theatre, screening Sonja Henie in “My Lucky Star”. Seating was listed at 1,000. The theatre was owned by Wilby-Kincey Theatres.
The Wilby Theatre was destroyed by a fire on June 8, 1972 during a screening of “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Vanessa Redgrave. The site where the theatre once stood is now the Selma Public Library.
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