Oldham Theater

West Liberty Square,
Sparta, TN 38583

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Oldham Theater

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Have been unable to get much information on this boarded up site. It appears to have been constructed around the late 1930s.

Contributed by jack coursey

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 24, 2005 at 10:43 am

I agree with you Robert. I like the entrance to this theater. This is what neighborhood theaters looked like. Its a shame that it can’t be used as a movie theater again.

JackCoursey on March 25, 2005 at 5:27 pm

I’ve haven’t been able to locate this theatre in either the Flim Daily Yearbook or IMPA. Does anyone know what year the Oldham opened and how many it seated?

kencmcintyre on February 1, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Here is a 1999 link describing one family’s efforts to restore the theater:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2006 at 9:03 am

This website has some photos of the Oldham Theater.

unearthlygrace on March 7, 2007 at 6:26 am

~I’m sad to hear this will not be restored as a movie theater. I just moved here and was immediately drawn to the building and was hoping beyond hope to take my 3yr old to a great old Deco theater (and myself for that matter). I think a true restoration (expensive, I know) would have drawn a great crowd. Alas this seems the fate of many great and historic structures. The restoration is bittersweet.~

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Oldham.

vickeylynn on November 9, 2008 at 8:44 am

I used to go to the movies at Oldham’s Theater as a child in the 1070’s .The whole front section of seats were missing .They had it roped off so no one could go toward the screen and they also roped off the balcony .It was never used .So I doubt if there were over 600 seats by the 1070’s .I had asked about the missing seats and was told due to a previous fire .I don’t know that for sure .

vickeylynn on November 9, 2008 at 8:46 am

sorry for the typo 1970’s

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm

This is another photo of the Oldham Theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Okay It was a Cumberland Amusement Company theatre.Located in McMinnville,Tenn. The owner/President was Cowan Oldham.Wonder if that is how the theatre got its name?

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