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Joe, Booth Enterprises did open a Booth Theatre in Knoxville in September 1928. Link They evidently had trouble competing with Publix because there was a notice in the Sept. 12, 1929 addition of Motion Picture News that the equipment was sold in bankruptcy court for $6000.
The Millertown 10 opened on Dec. 17, 1993.
Here is an update on the renovation of the Rex Theatre by the Harvest Church. Link
Here is a news story that was on ABC 7 news.
Well this news along with the opening of the Kings next week makes me smile from all the way down here in Tennessee!
The Broadway Theatre was a small neighborhood theatre that opened in 1939. Ownership changed when former Publix manager and local theatre owner, William Drumbar, purchased the theatre in 1947. The theatre closed in 1957 and was used briefly as the home of newly formed Arlington Church of Christ.
Sorry Don Lewis, but this theatre was never in Knoxville, TN. I didn’t think it was here, but now that I have gone through newspaper and city directory records, I can confidently say that it was never in Knoxville, TN. Could it possibly have been located in a different Knoxville?
I have added a picture of the highway entrance in the photo section.
I posted a picture of the marquee in the photo section.
I have added the newspaper article announcing the closing of the Riviera in the photo section.
This is the Tennessee Theatre and Gay Street in Knoxville.
This in not the Nashville Tennessee Theatre, it is the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville after the $29 million renovation 1n 2005.
It’s true that the Star Theater was the first theater that Mike Campbell rented. This was the beginning of Regal Cinemas. Link
The exact opening date was November 6, 1998.
Film footage of the 1963 fire can be seen here:
Yes, it was one of the Ultra-Vision theatres of the same design that ABC build around the south.
The projection equipment is being auctioned off today July 1, 2014. Link
Westown Theater opened on December 20, 1972. The theatre closed as a single screen theatre on October 16, 1983. After the theatre was twined, it reopened as Westown I & II on October 28, 1983. The last day of operation was on June 28, 1990, and it was demolished shortly after.
When Westown opened, it replaced the historic Tennessee Theatre downtown as the flagship theatre for ABC Southeastern Theatres in Knoxville. When Bill Courey, the city manager, was asked what the future for the Tennessee was, his response was; “We will continue to operate it, but it is hard to keep a large theatre that is located in the downtown area, and my guess is we will have to close it. After that, I am afraid it will become a parking lot.” Today the Tennessee is alive and enjoying the best years of its life, and the theatre that was built to replace it is now the parking lot.
An aerial photo of the theatre can be found here: link It is the oval building in the lower left hand corner of the mall parking lot.
Knucks, the aerial shot in the photo section shows the drive-in west of Ehrmann Street. On Google maps, there is a second lake west of Ehrmann where the drive-in use to be. So it appears that the lake is where the drive-in was located.
I would love to know what is under that water.
These pictures were taken shortly after the theatre opened in 1920. The auditorium was unusually long and narrow and had 44 rows with 23 seats each.
I found the article about the construction of the Pike here
in “The Showman’s Trade Review”. It is not as long as the one in “Boxoffice”, but it is still informative.
Picture of the projection booth. Link
The Tower closed on September 2, 1964. After a remodel, it re-opened as the Lenox on September 23, 1964 with the showing of “Dr. Strangelove”. The Lenox closed on October 25, 1966 due to the reconfiguration of Broadway.
Here is a story of the construction of the Tower.
The Skyway was on Maynardville Pike which is what Broadway becomes after you leave the Knoxville city limits. The location is in the unincorporated community of Halls Crossroads. I have set the streetview to the correct location. It shows the original driveway which is now the entrance to the trailer park that sits on the spot where the drive-in was. You can take the streetview up Mynatt Road which runs along the south side of the property, and still see the old metal fencing that was around the drive-in.
The last add in the newspaper that I can find was in September 1973, so I would assume that it closed for good after the 1973 season.
The correct address is 6517 Maynardville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918