Ensley Theatre

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The Ensley Theatre in 1941.

The Ensley Theatre was a former cinema constructed in 1927 at 1925 Avenue E Ensley, on the southeast corner of 20th Street in downtown Ensley.

The 50-foot by 140-foot one-story brick building was developed by the Ramsay-McCormack Development Company, made up of Erskine Ramsay and the estate of G. B. McCormack, who were then also erecting the 10-story Ramsay-McCormack Building a block away. The J. F. Holly Construction Co. won the contract for the project.

The Mediterranean-style design with its prominent octagonal corner turret was 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.

The building was remodeled in 1941 and in the 1960s. After the cinema closed the building housed Rochester's Drug Store.

The building later housed Women's Health Associates, which became a Princeton Baptist Medical Center OB/GYN clinic, and since 2018 has been the home of Cahaba Care


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