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Tennessee Movie Theatres

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Paramount Theatre
Bristol, TN
Ruffin Theatre
Covington, TN
Ritz Theatre
Covington, TN
The Paramount Theatre opened in 1931. Restoration work began in the 1980s. The theatre is now a performing arts center known as The Paramount Center for the Arts. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Ruffin Theatre built in the 1920s as the Palace Theater. After a devastating fire, the theatre was rebuilt in 1937 as the Ruffin Theatre. It was remodeled in 1941. The theatre is now used for live entertainment. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

I believe the Ritz Theatre was built in the 1940s. It housed Ritz Antiques and Collectibles for many years and featured dinner theatre on the upper level. The downstairs is now used as office space. The upstairs theatre is still there but not in use. In 2012, the theatre space was for sale. For more, see this website.

Capitol Theatre
Union City, TN
Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TN
The Capitol Theatre was built in 1927. It is now known as the Masquerade Theatre and has been featuring live entertainment since around 1994. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928. The original Mighty Wurlitzer organ is still in place. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre is now used primarily for live performances. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Varsity Theatre
Martin, TN
The Varsity Theatre opened in 1949. It was still operating in the 1980s. In 2006, the building was being used as a church. Since then, it has been converted into a fitness center and physical therapy clinic. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Luez Theatre
Bolivar, TN
Palace Theatre
now Community Auditorium and Visitors Center
Crossville, TN
The Luez Theatre was built in 1948. It is still a single screen movie theatre. For more, see this website.

The Palace Theatre was built in 1938. It closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair. In 1993, the city bought it and fundraising began. In 2000, the theater was nearly demolished for a parking lot. Restoration was begun in 2000 and, in 2001, the Palace re-opened as the Community Auditorium and Visitors Center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Oldham Theatre
Sparta, TN
The Oldham Theatre was built sometime in the late 1930s and closed sometime after the 1970s. The facade has been preserved but the building has been converted into a welcome center. The top row of photos is from 2003 when renovation work was still going on. The bottom row is from 2010. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Belle Meade Theatre
Nashville, TN
State Theatre
Kingsport, TN
The Belle Meade Theatre opened in 1940 and closed in 1991. It was then converted into a Bookstar book store. In 2007, the auditorium was demolished and the building was converted into retail and residential space. The complex is now known as the Belle Meade Town Center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The State Theatre was built in 1936 and closed in 1978. In the 1990s, the theatre was used as a Christian movie house, a dinner theatre, a nightclub and a gym. Renovation work began in 2007. For more, see this website.

Ritz Theatre & Hoskins Drug Store
Clinton, TN
The Ritz Theatre & Hoskins Drug Store was built in 1945 and closed in 1969. In 1972, the theatre was used by the Red Speeks Country Music Show (a radio program). It then closed again in 1987. It was cleaned up and reopened in 2000 for films and live entertainment. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see see this website.

Crosstown Theatre
[gone]
Memphis, TN
Lamar Theatre
Memphis, TN
The Crosstown Theatre was built in the late 1940s and opened in 1951. It is now used as a Jehovah's Witness church. Elvis Presley used to rent the theatre out in the 1960s and 1970s for all-night movie sessions. In 2005, after this photo was taken, the vertical marquee was removed and destroyed. For more, see this website.

The Lamar Theatre has been vacant and deteriorating since the 1970s. For more, see this website.

Orpheum Theatre
Memphis, TN
The Orpheum Theatre was designed by Rapp & Rapp in 1928 in the French Renaissance style. It was built on the site of the 1890 Grand Opera House which was destroyed by fire in 1923. The new ornate theatre cost $1.6 million. In 1940, the Orpheum switched from vaudeville to movies. In 1976, there was talk of demolishing the theatre. But in 1977, the theatre went back to live productions. In 1982, it received a two-year, $5 million restoration. The Orpheum now offers Broadway plays, ballet, opera and concerts. It is believed by some to be haunted by ghosts. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Daisy Theatre
Memphis, TN
The Daisy Theatre was built in 1902 and features a striking half dome entrance. The New Daisy Theatre (see below) was built directly across the street. In the 1980s, this theatre was renovated and reopened as the Beale Street Blues Museum. The building is now used for special events and wedding receptions. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

New Daisy Theatre
Memphis, TN
The New Daisy Theatre is now used for live performances and private events. It was built in the 1940s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Soulsville U.S.A.
Memphis, TN
Majestic Theatre
Memphis, TN
Stax Records opened as a record store in the former Capitol Theater in 1959. The Capitol was built in the 1930s. Stax Records developed a recording studio which produced records for Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Booker T. & the MG's, and others. The original theater building was demolished around 1989 with a replica of the exterior incorporated into the new design. This building houses the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, aka Soulsville U.S.A. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The former Majestic Theatre was built 1913. The theatre closed in the 1930s. In 1936, it became home to Julius Lewis Men's Store. That store closed in the mid-1950s and the building was used by other businesses after that. In 2006, the Majestic Grille opened in this space. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Roxy Theatre
Clarksville, TN
Roxy Theatre
Dickson, TN
The Clarksville Roxy Theatre opened in 1947, replacing the earlier Lillian Theatre which was destroyed by fire. The Roxy closed in 1980. In 1983, it was converted into a dinner theatre known as the Roxy Regional Theatre. The theatre was renovated again in 1995. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Dickson Roxy Theatre opened in 1950 and closed in 1959. It is now used as Ragan's Arcade. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Oldham Theatre
Winchester, TN
Luciann Theatre
Memphis, TN
Lincoln Theatre
Fayetteville, TN
The Oldham Theatre opened originally as the Rivoli Theatre. In 1949, it was gutted and remodeled. It is still in use as a movie theatre. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Luciann Theatre opened in 1940 and closed in 1963. It has been completely gutted and was used as a bowling alley before being converted into a porno theatre (the Paris XXX Adult Entertainment Center). For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Lincoln Theatre opened in 1951. In 1982, it was converted into a two-screen. The Lincoln is still in use. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Princess Theatre
Harriman, TN
The Princess Theatre looks like it was built in the 1940s. It closed in 2001 and is currently being restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

More TN Theatres:
Franklin Cinema: 1, 2 (Franklin)
Capitol Theatre (Greeneville)
Crockett Theatre (Lawrenceburg)
Capitol Theatre: 1, 2 (Lebanon)
Park Theater (McMinnville)
Memphian Theatre (now Playhouse on the Square): 1, 2, 3 (Memphis)
Plaza Theatre (now Bookstar): 1, 2, 3, 4 (Memphis)
Regal Hollywood 27 Theatre: 1, 2 (Nashville)
Capri Theatre: 1, 2 (Shelbyville)
various TN Theatres

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