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Just to explain the name in the 1960’s.
The performing company got it’s start as a semi-pro company and performed in the basement of the “King Cotton Hotel” on Front Street in Memphis, when it went outgrew the confines there, a new location was needed, first the Memphian was considered, would have been a wonderful choice, but the deal fell thru, and since a midtown location was prefered, the deal with the Idlewild was made, and they brought their name with them.
As performing theater it could seat 401.
I spent many happy and sometime hard hours there when I was in High School, I learned so very much, maybe sometime I will share some of my times.
For now just wanted to explain the name and give a few facts.