The Walton Theater opened for operation in 1914. During the late 1940’s, in addition to running feature films and hosting vaudeville shows, the Walton staged local “Amateur Nights.” A typical weekend night at the Walton would include a feature movie, local talent acts, newsreels and a short comedy.
By the 1970’s, the Walton Theater was closed and on the verge of crumbling. In the early 1980’s, a project spearheaded by local resident, Larry Striplin, and singer, Anita Bryant, was launched to restore and enlarge the facility to feature theater productions and movies and to host special community activities. After five years of planning and construction, the Walton Theater opened in May, 1985 as the Performing Arts Center. The Performing Art Center ceased its operation in the 1990s.
The Walton Theater is a contributing property to Selma’s “Old Town Historic District” that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is located at 1000 Selma Avenue at downtown Selma.
Walton Theater Selma re-opened in January 2015 with the Red Carpet Premiere of the movie SELMA sponsored by the City Of Selma and Paramount Pictures. During this special premiere Oprah Winfrey, John Legend and David Oyelo along with other stars visited the Walton theater. The Walton Theater Selma exhibits first run block buster movies such as “Fast & Furious 7,” “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Home” and on 2 occasions was highlighted for being the only single screen theater in the nation to show new pre-released movies such as “War Room” and the up-coming film “Woodlawn.”
The Walton Theater Selma is operated by ATAP Community Development Corporation, volunteers of Gospel Tabernacle Church and from time to time volunteers from the community. Pastor John Grayson leads this team of volunteers who has also partnered with other entities such as the City Of Selma, Dallas County Drug Court, Dallas County DHR, Selma City School System, other non-profits such as Sonlight Center and local churches. Gospel Tabernacle Church and ATAP CDC in partnership with Sonlight Center volunteers provides bags and boxes of food to more than 4000 families throughout the Black Belt counties each month. Pastor Grayson believes that much more can be achieved when working together.
The goal of the Walton is to provide family entertainment while promoting arts and music education.
Visit The Walton’s website for the latest updates at www.waltontheaterselma.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at Walton Theater Selma and Twitter at Walton_Theater_Selma. Hours of operations are: Thursday 7:00 P.m.; Friday 6:00 & 8:15 p.m.; Saturday 1, 3:15, 5:30 & &:45 p.m.: Sunday at 4:39 p.m. The hours of operation varies based on the length of each movie. You may call the theater at (334) 878-3456 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support to your local theater.
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