Gateway 4 Theatre

1820 6th Avenue SE,
Decatur, AL 35601

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Previous Names: Gateway Theatre, Gateway Twin

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Opened as a single screen in 1967 in the Gateway Shopping Center. it was the oldest operating theatre in Decatur when it closed. The original theatre seated 680 in rocking back chairs and had a 55 foot screen. It was twinned in 1974.

The theatre was renovated again in 1988 when the Beltline Cinema down the road closed. The theatre went through another renovation in 1990 and the theatre became a four screen venue. The Gateway reverted to a sub run discount policy when the Regal River Oaks Mall 8 was opened.

The Gateway finally closed its doors in May of 2000.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Theatrespawn on July 22, 2007 at 10:34 pm

This theatre was built by W.W. Hammonds and company of Albertville, Ala. The company also owned, at various times, the Bowline Drive-In Theatre, the Princess Theatre and built the Thunderbird Drive-In Theatre in Decatur, Ala. It also owned theatres in Florence, Ala., Albertville, Ala., and Guntersville, Ala.

Theatrespawn on January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

When Beltline Cinema closed, it did not move into the Gateway. The Gateway was operating (and owned by the Hammonds company, which also owned the Beltline theatre). In the 1980s, Gateway was divided into 4 screens and was extremely popular as a $1 admission theatre. The shopping center owner, however, declined to perform needed renovations to the building’s air conditioning system, which forced the theatre to close.

Theatrespawn on March 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

It was never the “Gateway 5” Theatre. The theatre was sectioned off into 4 auditoriums with 4 screens.

rivest266 on June 16, 2024 at 6:05 am

opened on December 22nd, 1967. Grand opening ad posted.

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