The Elk's / Si-Non / Lido Theatre
The Elks Theatre was the first "picture show" in Demopolis.  It opened 
October 1,  1915 in the building at the corner of Washington and
Strawberry Street.  The theatre had a large front palladium window.  
Braswell Theatre partners Harry Simon and Tom Nonnenmacher acquired the
Elks and gave it a new name, the Si-Non, for a February 1, 1916 opening.


The predecessor, Cheshire-Webb Building burned on 1912.  It contained 
Robertson Bank on the first floor, law and insurance offices on the 
second floor and a dance hall on the third floor.  The Elk's was originally 
a silent movie theatre and had personal appearances by celebrities until 
1929 when it began a regular schedule of talkies.  It contained a balcony
with fifty seats. The first floor had a center row of ten seats and five 
seats on either side.
The first movie presented was “The Perils of Pauline”. Many theatrical 
productions were staged here.  In the late 1910’s Erich Weiss, escaped 
artist, performed here.  In later years, Harry Houdini performed escape 
tricks and hypnotism.  The famous boxer, Jack Dempsey, also appeared here.
After a management change in January, 1931, the Si-Non operated as 
the Lido Theatre for its final four years.  On September 14, 1935, the 
Marengo Theatre at the intersection of Washington and Cedar celebrated
its grand opening as the city's exclusive showplace for movies.  A capacity
crowd enjoyed the picture Two for Tonight, but a phone call from Hollywood
Jean Harlow to Mayor N. C. Floyd proved to be the evening's highlight.
Originally operated by an Atlanta company, the Marengo was
subsequently purchased in 1940 by Henry W. Webb, its first local owner.
Before World War II, the building was a hay and feed store.  It has 
housed the A&P Grocery, three restaurants, West Alabama Butane & Fred’s 
Department Store.
In June of 1990 restoration began.  A large palladium window  and 
latticework on the second floor were discovered and restored.  The 
exterior walls are 27 inches thick and the ceilings of the first floor 
are 15-˝ feet high.

Elk's Theater

The Elk's Theater
 


The Elk's / Si-Non / Lido when the A&P was there