About The Crescent Theater
The Crescent Theater is a one-screen, art-house movie theater nestled on Dauphin Street in historic downtown Mobile, and serves a prominent role in the LoDa Arts and Entertainment District. The Crescent Theater was first opened in 2008 with the mission to bring first-run art-house films and films that wouldn’t get shown at the multiplex to Mobile and the surrounding region.
The Crescent Theater is more than just a movie theater — it is also used by the community to debut locally produced feature-length films, to host the SoAL Film Festival, and to screen short films events and competitions such as the Mobile Bay Film Scramble. It is also used as a venue for live theater performances, radio plays, improv comedy troupes, and even live music performances that span from rock to rap and everything in-between.
The Crescent Theater has 90 seats, 10 of which are leather recliners that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The theater is supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Crescent Theater Film Society, a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 status pending, whose efforts have been invaluable in keeping the theater open, but the challenge that lies ahead in converting to digital is beyond their means.
The Crescent Theater is owned by Max Morey, who wears many hats here in the theater. On most days, he is here in the theater booking films, threading the projector, selling tickets and concessions, introducing the film, and even cleaning up after the movie. In addition to Max, the Crescent is staffed by Head Projectionist and “Sunday Guy” Judson McDaniel, SoAL Film Fest Liaison and “Wednesday Guy” Charles Kuntz, and Assistant Manager and “Internet Guy” Will Fawcett.
History of the Crescent Theater
The original Crescent Theater first opened its doors at 208 Dauphin St. in Mobile, Alabama in 1885 as a vaudeville theater. In 1912 it was converted to show 35mm silent black and white films in what was, at the time, the most up-to-date theater in the city. Rebuilt from the ground up by John Switzer, former business partner of Max Morey, the Crescent Theater was reopened in October 2008 with a mission to bring independent arthouse films to the City of Mobile. The current incarnation of the Crescent Theater will celebrate its 4th anniversary in October, 2012.