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Tennessee Movie Theatres (page 2)

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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. [map]

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. [map]

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 and 2. [map]

Luciann Theatre
Memphis, TN
New Daisy Theatre
Memphis, TN
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 porn theatre (the Paris XXX Adult Entertainment Center). For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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. [map]

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. [map]

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. [map]

More Memphis Theatres:
Memphian Theatre (now Playhouse on the Square): 1, 2, 3
Plaza Theatre (now Bookstar): 1, 2, 3, 4

Belle Meade Theatre
Nashville, 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. [map]

More Nashville Theatres:
Regal Hollywood 27 Theatre: 1, 2

Shelbyville Theatres:
Capri Theatre: 1, 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. [map]

Capitol Theatre
Union City, TN
Oldham Theatre
Winchester, 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 and 2. [map]

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. [map]

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