New Crescent Theatre

211 N. Hayden Street,
Belzoni, MS 39038

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Previous Names: Crescent Theatre

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1939 photo credit & copyright Marion Post Wolcott.

Made famous by Marion Post Wolcott’s photograph, “A Negro Going in the Entrance for Negroes at a Movie Theater, Belzoni, Mississippi, 1939”, the former Cresant Theatre (sometimes listed as the Crescent Theatre) screened first-run films in the tiny Humphreys County hamlet, pop. 2,536 (1990). It was closed and offered For Sale or To Rent in 2017.

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kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 3:52 am

In 1963, the Crescent Theater was operated by the Collier-Jackson chain, headquartered in Cleveland, MS. President was C.J. Collier and vice president was B.F. Jackson. Interestingly enough, Collier-Jackson ran the Booker T theater in Cleveland at the time. I was just commenting on a few Booker T theaters on another page.

belzoniboy on June 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

My grandparents owned a rooming house directly across the street from the Crescent. From 1961 until about 1965, I would frequent the theater nightly. Mr and Mrs. Pope of Belzoni were the owners during this time. It would be possible that they leased the property from the Colliers. A childs admission was 10 cents. Same as a black adult. White adults paid 15 cents.

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