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bbrown1 commented about Wildey Theatre on Apr 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

One more article; this one with photos of the restored Wildey:

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bbrown1 commented about Skyview Drive-In on Apr 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Don’t forget the Starlite Drive In in Cadet MO, which reopened last year after being closed for a couple of years. They haven’t yet reopened for the season, but hopefully will soon.

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bbrown1 commented about Skyview Drive-In on Mar 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

In answer to the above question, not this year, due to delays in the demolition of the Quad:

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bbrown1 commented about Wildey Theatre on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Two more newspaper articles about the Wildey from the BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT:

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bbrown1 commented about Wildey Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Another article about the reopening of the Wildey from the BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT:

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bbrown1 commented about Wildey Theatre on Mar 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm

At the link below is article from ST LOUIS POST DISPATCH about re-opening og the Wildey:

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bbrown1 commented about Gay Theatre on Mar 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Below are the photos of the Gay Theatre in 1956 and then 1994 noted above. The original links both appear to be broken:

http://flic.kr/p/9qaCti

http://flic.kr/p/9qaCrk

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bbrown1 commented about Lake Theater on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Below are 2 recent photos of the Lake Theatre as the Underground nightclub:

http://flic.kr/p/9omFjj

http://flic.kr/p/9oiDTP

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bbrown1 commented about Dallas Theatre on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Below are 2 photos of the building that housed the Dallas Theatre taken in the summer of 2010:

http://flic.kr/p/9oiDYH

http://flic.kr/p/9nPz5v

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bbrown1 commented about Shooting Star Drive-In on Mar 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Below are photos of the Shooting Star Drive-In taken in the summer of 2010:

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bbrown1 commented about River Breeze Drive-In on Mar 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

At the links below are the photo of the River Breeze Drive-In opening night ad from July 13, 1950, and photo of the River Breeze in 1965 that were formerly on the Restore Knoxville site:

http://flic.kr/p/9myXqV

http://flic.kr/p/9mBZSo

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bbrown1 commented about Woodzo Drive-In on Mar 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

At the link below is a blog written by Newport resident in which he recalls that the Woodzco and Scenic were next door to each other in 1977 when STAR WARS was released. You will need to navigate to blog dated May 27, 2007

http://cupofjoepowell.blogspot.com

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bbrown1 commented about Twin Aire Drive-In on Feb 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

That could be right, or maybe Clinton Highway Cinemas, since it was still a long way from the town of Clinton. I’m still not sure!

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bbrown1 commented about Gem Theatre on Feb 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

At the link below is a photo of the Gem Theater. Judging from the movie showing on the marquee, FORTY GUNS starring Barry Sullivan and Barbara Stanwyck, I believe the photo is from 1957. In the background on the opposite side of the street, may be the marquee for the Lincoln Theater, though I cannot make it out for sure:

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(If link goes to “photos” page, the 1957 photo is in lower left hand corner, and you can click photo to enlarge it. There are also some more recent photos of the Gem on the page.)

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bbrown1 commented about Parisian Theatre on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

I’m pretty sure it opened earlier than 2009. My best guess would be somewhere between 2004 amd 2006, but my memory is not as good as it used to be!

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bbrown1 commented about Twin Aire Drive-In on Feb 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I wish I could remember the name of the twin indoor theater; I don’t believe it was advertised as the Twin-Aire, but something different. I thought the name might have had Powell in it, but there was a different Powell Cinema further north in Powell, so I doubt that was it.

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bbrown1 commented about Westown I & II on Feb 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Wow, I had forgotten all about the Fox! I remember now I actually went there once, to see THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE. I lived in East Knoxville, and rarely went very far out Kingston Pike. As I remember the Fox was west of the Westown Mall. The Capri complex always seemed kind of strange, theaters built next to each other more than what is thought of as a multiplex nowdays.

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bbrown1 commented about Gamble Valley Theater on Jan 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Actually Scarsboro is a historical African American community dating back to the 1790’s, predating Oak Ridge by over 150 years! It was one of the small communities that was “swallowed up” by Oak Ridge in the 1940’s, but it has maintained itself as an Oak Ridge neighborhood to this day. I’m not sure when the name “Gamble Valley” was first applied to the area, but now it is known locally as “Da Valley”. They even have a Facebook page if you would like to learn more about it.

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bbrown1 commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

According to an article in “The Oak Ridger”, the Skyway actually opened on April 4, 1946. The Sagebrush Restaurant and a Kroger parking lot occupy the space today.

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bbrown1 commented about Jefferson Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The Jefferson Theater opened on November 2, 1944, showing THOUSANDS CHEER. According to an article in “The Oak Ridger” in 2009, the Jefferson Theater closed in 1950, and after that it was briefly reopened as the Wayne Theater. The building burned in 1980

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bbrown1 commented about Grove Theater on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

The Grove Theater opened on September 28, 1944, showing HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO.

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bbrown1 commented about Ridge Theatre on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

The Ridge Theater opened on April 6, 1944, showing WHAT A WOMAN.

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bbrown1 commented about Oak Ridge Community Playhouse on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

The Center Theater opened on Aug 31st, 1943, showing IN WHICH WE SERVE.

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bbrown1 commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jan 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Those are two different Skyway Drive-In’s, Mike. 175 cars sounds about right for Knoxville’s Skyway, but Oak Ridge’s Skyway was huge.

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bbrown1 commented about Westown I & II on Jan 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Interesting now when I think back to when I moved to Knoxville in August of 1972, there were only 7 open indoor movie theaters (Westown, Capri, Park, Tennessee, Riviera, Bijou, and Gay Street Cinema), but 9 open drive-ins (Twin Aire, Chapman Highway, Cinema, Dixie Lee, Family, Knoxville, Skyway, River Breeze, and Lakemont). All were single screens except for the Capri and Twin Aire. All of the indoor theaters excet for the Park were downtown on Gay Street or on Kingston Pike. At that time, the Bijou, Gay Street Cinema, and Dixie Lee Drive-In were showing “Hard X” movies, and the Chapman Highway Drive-In was showing “Soft X” movies. Technically the Lakemont was in Alcoa, but it advertised in the Knoxville papers, and I remember the first night after I moved to Knoxville, we went to the Lakemont to see FRITZ THE CAT. The only ones I never got to were the Dixie Lee and Skyway, which I’m pretty sure were both closed by 1973. The Community Drive-In in Mascot was intact, but already closed by 1972.