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vastor commented about Orpheum as the Malco or possibly Malcom in the late `50's. on Aug 14, 2012 at 4:08 am

The Orpheum was purchased by M A Lightman in 1940 and was renamed the Malco (M A Lightman CO). It was renamed the Orpheum in 1976 after being taken over by Memphis Development Foundation.

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vastor commented about Lyric Theatre in later years on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:50 am

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vastor commented about Majestic #4 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:49 am

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vastor commented about Main Looking North from Beale 1915 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

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vastor commented about Interior of the Lyceum theatre published before demolition in 1935. on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

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vastor commented about Exterior of Lyceum theatre in the thirties. on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

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vastor commented about First Lyceum Theatre 1890-1893 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

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vastor commented about Loew's State Theatre on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:46 am

I have seen several Loew’s State and Loew’s Palace programs due to be processed shortly at Memphis and Shelby County Room Memphis Public Library and Information Center

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vastor commented about Loew's State in the early days. on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:43 am

Oh, and the marquee reads “Twenty Movie Stars, The Price of Redemption” released in 1921.

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vastor commented about Loew's State in the early days. on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

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vastor commented about Loew's Palace marquee advertising CinemaScope. on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

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vastor commented about Linden Circle Theatre 1943 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:39 am

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vastor commented about Linden Circle theatre interior 1943 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:38 am

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vastor commented about Ritz/Guild theatre with marquee on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

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vastor commented about Bijou Theatre on South Main on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:20 am

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vastor commented about Bijou #2 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:19 am

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vastor commented about Majestic upright on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:19 am

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vastor commented about Hollywood Theatre, Memphis. Circa 1942 on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:18 am

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vastor commented about Vintage postcard showing the Majestic on the left on Aug 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

Looking further down the right hand side is a Majestic sign discernible in gray. This is the Majestic #2 which later became the Strand.

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vastor commented about Early exterior of Ellis Auditorium on Aug 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

The photographer was a man named Mr. Tuttle who inscribed the negatives as you see here.

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vastor commented about Park Theatre on Aug 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I received this post card from a friend many years ago. When I find the original I will attribute it.

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vastor commented about Studio Theater on Aug 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Recently have discovered that the Newman Theatre, which pre-dates the Normal name, was at the same address. Anyone have any insight whether it was the same building? It now houses a concert venue attached to Newby’s, the bar next door. The most recent photo posted here shows that it’s pretty messy looking these days. It also had its share of name changes: Normal, Studio, Highland Cinema, The Movie House and finally Newby’s.

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vastor commented about Mazda Theatre on Aug 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

From Paul Coppock’s book “Memphis Memoirs.” Paraphrased.

As the Jefferson (opened September 1908) it was primarily drama, opera and music. It was named after theatrical personage Joseph Jefferson, not Thomas Jefferson. As the Lyric (from 1911) it had a period of vaudeville in the teens and competed with the Lyceum and the Orpheum. The Lyric did show movies in the 20s. Two titles referenced are “The Big Parade”(1925) and “The Covered Wagon” (1923). The most famous incident happened in 1929 when “King of Kings” (released 1927) ran into trouble with Lloyd T. Binford because of scenes not included in the Gospels. The censors won in a court battle and the movie was banned in Memphis. After the big palaces were all open in 1921 the Lyric fell on hard times partly because of its location far from Main St. It was much plainer and far less luxurious than the new, cooler, movie palaces. It however was the site of the first opera broadcasts in Memphis from WMC in January of 1923. The Mazda name is from the Mazda Grotto, a fraternal organization. Its aim was to organize a recreational center, which failed, and the Junior Order of Mechanics took over in 1932. The city owned the building when it burned January 23, 1941 probably the victim of a lightning bolt. The city hadn’t even insured the building and it had been virtually abandoned.

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vastor commented about Suzore's on Aug 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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vastor commented about The Strand in 1940 on Aug 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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