Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Crescent Theater

Stacey and I went to a movie at the new Crescent Theater in beautiful downtown Mobile. We enjoyed “I Served the King of England”. It was funny, it was sad and it was bit dark. I’m not sure how long this film has been around, it seemed really fresh, if you will and you should. You should go to the Crescent Theater and enjoy a movie. It will be an independent film you will see. Those are the only movies the owner/operator, Max Morley, will show at his theater.

The Crescent Theater is located at 208 Dauphin St. Originally built in 1865 when Vaudeville shows were performed there regularly, this was before motion pictures started. It became a movie theater in the early 1900s. It has also enjoyed a life as a restaurant. Now, thanks to Morley and his business partner it will live on as a movie theater.

The Crescent is newly renovated, it’s nothing like an old movie house. The popcorn is good, but if you didn’t know where you were you would think you were in any movie theater anywhere. That’s ok because the renovation is really well done, everything is brand new and state of the art.

Now folks just need to go. I think the films will run for about a week, playing twice a day and then the next one starts. It cost $8 and that’s fair. They have beer, wine and like I said good popcorn. They have everything else you may want, all the typical theater food stuff.

The guy who has open the Crescent, Max Morley has been a part of many renovations in downtown Mobile. He has developed many loft/cond sites and has one or two above the theater for sale. I think he told us one of the condos was priced at 1.2 million. Could that be right? 1.2 million, that’s a lot for Mobile, hell that’s a lot for any place!

But, hey it’s Mobile, they do things different down there. Currently there is a restaurant in Mobile where you can pay $150 for a glass of wine. TURE that. Like Eugene Walters was know to say “Mobile is sweet lunacy’s county seat”.

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