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vastor commented about Raleigh Cinema 6 on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Opened in 1996.

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vastor commented about Evergreen Theatre on Jul 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I am so sorry, I forgot to post the details of Bill’s gathering. A few friends from all over gathered at the former Guild Theatre on Monday, June 10. We watched his documentary “Return to the Ritz, or, Thrilled to the Guild” and all present enjoyed listening to his inimitable voice and delivery once again. The documentary was made in 1990. Several friends from far and wide donated to have a cenotaph placed in his memory at Elmwood Cemetery. It has been ordered but not yet placed. The event is no longer posted on Facebook but a photo of the marker will be posted after it is placed.

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vastor commented about 90 North Main in 2013 on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

The Queen’s actual address, 90 N Main, is the vacant lot just out of frame on the left.

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vastor commented about Queen Theater on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

Row of buildings on North Main taken in 2013. The orange sign at the end is the building which housed the Majestic/Empire theatre. A building formerly on the vacant lot just out of frame once housed the Queen Theatre. No traces of either remain.

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vastor commented about U.S. Naval Air Station Memphis Base Theater on Jul 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

When this was shown to me at the archives I heard the comment that it had burned.

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vastor commented about Crosstown Theatre on Jul 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

A new photo of the entire front and vertical from 1961 has been posted. From the Fire Museum of Memphis, used with permission.

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vastor commented about DeSoto Theater on Jul 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

It appears that the commercial section of Fort Pickering, the town/suburb where the DeSoto was, has become industrial development and interstate highway. No trace of just about anything before the interstate construction.

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vastor commented about Hickory Ridge Mall Cinema on Jun 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I was finally out that way and took photos. The mall and grounds are beautifully kept though the former cinema is boarded up. The outside shots show the rear of the cinema section with its manicured bushes. The mall was struck by a tornado on February 5, 2008, which caused damage to the center court atrium and adjacent tenant spaces. The Sears store, the Macy’s store, and the mall’s main entrance were heavily damaged; temporary repairs made at record speed allowed Sears to reopen on Sunday, February 10, 2008. Later in 2008, World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church began to progressively purchase the property, totaling $2.7M, including the empty Macy’s and Dillard’s stores. It is now a combination of retail and community services offices.

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vastor commented about Majestic Cinema on Jun 24, 2013 at 4:54 am

Jimmy Tashie at Malco commissioned this display and wanted it to resemble a hood ornament. It does.

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vastor commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jun 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

A new night photo of the State has been posted.

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vastor commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

If you haven’t seen it already, the Memphis Orpheum is on both front and back covers of this quarter’s Marquee magazine from the Theatre Historical Society.

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vastor commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

That is a very interesting photo of the Orpheum, have not seen that one before. Whatever is on the marquee has been carefully retouched out. Note Milton Slosser’s name on the reader board.

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vastor commented about Malco Theatre, 1946 on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

The Stagedoor was a restaurant which was run by Malco for a short while. I have a matchbook from there. It was not open very long.

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vastor commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I am not surprised. Most of the “colored” movie theatres had some live entertainment and/or talent shows. I need to find that book since I have published a piece on “colored” balconies in this month’s Marquee magazine and have a book coming out with that included.

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vastor commented about DeSoto Theater on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

Also, it was the so-so business at the DeSoto and Kemmons' knack for the theatre business that led to the construction of the Airway, Summer Drive-In, and the W C Handy. Kemmons had a theatre serving each racial community within a few blocks of one another. The Airway on Lamar and the Handy on Park.

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vastor commented about DeSoto Theater on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

The people at the Wilson Companies are cataloguing a lot of old photos for the first time. The very nice woman in charge of that said she will let me know if any turned up.

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vastor commented about Rialto Theatre on Jun 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I just posted a new photo. This is a drawing of a theatre addition from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment now in the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Used with permission.

It is titled as a prospective addition to the Lamar Theatre but it is not the addition that was actually built. It is dated 1934 and greatly resembles the only image I have ever seen of the Rialto Theatre on Jackson in newsreel footage.

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vastor commented about Bristol Theatre on Jun 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

A photo of the Bristol has been posted.

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vastor commented about Bristol Theatre site in 2012 on Jun 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Marks are visible in the brickwork where the marquee supports were.

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vastor commented about Loew's State marquee in 1956 on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

And he previewed them there!

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vastor commented about Williamson Theater on Jun 1, 2013 at 6:20 am

The Williamson has disappeared without a trace. There might be an old picture of a building which housed it once upon a time. That building fell to urban renewal.

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vastor commented about Riverside Airdome on Jun 1, 2013 at 6:19 am

This was probably another unenclosed theatre, of short duration, of which there is no trace and no photo has come to light.

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vastor commented about Amuse U Theatre on Jun 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

According to Sanborn Fire Maps, 253 N Main was near Exchange St, north of Main and Washington where the Hotel/Amuse Theatre was (in the postcard view). No photos have come to light of the Amuse U theatre.

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vastor commented about Amuse U Theatre on May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

The postcard may be viewed at http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/37718 which is the First Majestic #1 (North Main).

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vastor commented about Amuse U Theatre on May 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

From elsewhere on the internet:

“The Amuse U opened c. 1913 . Closed c. 1910 The AMUSE U, a Nickelodeon, is listed in the 1909 and 1910 Memphis Directories. Angelo Barrasso is listed as the Proprietor of Amuse U Theatre in the 1910 Directory. (He was also proprietor of Amuse U Soft Drinks at 123 S. 4th) The Amuse U name is used again in 1933 for 1 year at 2424 Chelsea."

If the Amuse U Theatre was at 253 N Main St it was on the opposite side of Main from the business with the sign “Amuse” which shows in the post card photo associated with the above reference. The Theatorium/Majestic was next to the “Dinstuhl’s” sign which is on the EVEN side of Main St. (at 158 N. Main) the same side as the “Amuse” sign. They cannot be the same theatre if the above address is correct. The Hotel Read, also in the photo, has an address of 146 N. Main according to its entry on the same website. The “Amuse” sign appears to be on the Hotel Read building at 146 N. Main.