The Galax Theater was built prior to 1920 as a silent movie theater at 1919 2nd Avenue North. It was one of a string of cinemas that opened on that block, including the Strand, the Trianon and the Alcazar.
The theater converted to talkies soon after they were introduced in 1927. A new marquee was installed before 1939. The theater's business license was revoked by the Birmingham City Commission on October 22, 1940, but the theater did reopen.
A fire damaged the theater in February 16, 1945. Owner Acme Theaters undertook a full renovation, carried out by Ralph A. Stallman & Co. contractors. The theater reopened on November 16 with a screening of "Dillinger" starring Edmund Lowe and Anne Jeffreys.
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