The Corinth Coliseum opened in 1924 as a silent movie house.
Designed with just 999 seats, B.F. Liddon wanted to ensure movie royalties remained low as they increased at movie theaters that seated 1,000 or more people. It was 1977 when management slowly stopped showing motion pictures in the building, however, next week Tinseltown magic will return to the historic property.
Scary Movie Mondays presented by the Corinth Area Arts Council will haunt The Coliseum Theatre throughout October. A collection of classic spooky films will be shown as double features each Monday night during the All-Hallows month.
“We are super excited about bringing back movies to this beautiful building,” said Coliseum Manager Patrick Hudson. “As we perused the archives of the building, assembled by Rosemary Williams, it was heartening to see the amazing trials that the theatre has endured and it’s a testament to the people of Corinth that the flicker of film will return.”
From 1929’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to the 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead,” Hudson is confident some, if not all, of the films featured during Scary Movie Mondays, were shown inside the hallowed walls of The Coliseum when the films were first released.
“While our research hasn’t completely confirmed it, we are sure some of these will be returning for a second showing,” added Hudson.
Scary Movie Mondays is a fundraiser for The Coliseum. Ticket prices for each night are adults $8 and youth under 16 $5. A special eight-movie package is available for $25 per person.
The schedule includes:
Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
“Night of the Living Dead,” 1968, NR
A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour.
“Screaming Skull,” 1958, NR
A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband’s late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman’s memory.
Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
“House on Haunted Hill,” 1958, NR
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
“The Terror,” 1963, PG
A French Army officer has been separated from his unit and receives help from a mysterious woman.
Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
“Silent Night, Bloody Night,” 1972, NR
A man inherits a mansion that once was a mental home.
“The Red House,” 1947, NR
An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter.
Monday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” 1939, NR
In 15th-century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.
“The Phantom of the Opera,” 1929, NR
A mad, disfigured composer seeks the love of a young opera singer.
The Coliseum will also host a showing of the Disney cult classic “Hocus Pocus” presented by Garrett Eye Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but registration is required. The showing will include a costume contest and a pumpkin patch.