The Mediterranean-style building with its prominent octagonal corner turret was financed by the Ramsay-McCormack Development Company and designed by David O. Whilldin. The floors were mosaic tile and the walls were ornately-painted plaster. The lobby featured three large chandeliers. The ground floor included rentable shop spaces.
The theatre was part of the Rialto Theatres Inc. chain and was managed by Nelson Hampton in 1929 and again after 1935. Screenings were accompanied by music from a Robert Morton theatre organ played by Della Orr.
- Schneider, David B. (2009) "Downtown Ensley and Tuxedo Junction: An Introductory History" Birmingham: City of Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham
- Shelby, Thomas Mark (2009) D. O. Whilldin: Alabama Architect. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994330
- Natta, André (March 28, 2014) "A new sign for a converted historic building in Ensley" The Terminal
- Ensley Theatre at cinematreasures.org