Oak Ridge Community Playhouse

227 Broadway,
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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Center Theatre

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Opened as the Centre Theatre August 31, 1943 with “In Which We Serve”. It was located near the towns' military base.

There were three other theatres in the secret community of Oak Ridge between 1940 and 1955, the Grove Theatre, which is now a church, the Ridge Theatre, which is now a playhouse and the Jefferson Theatre, with a status that is unknown.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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rivest266
rivest266 on June 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

This was at 123 Randolph Road

SeeingI
SeeingI on August 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm

The Center Theater was built during the Manhattan Project, as part of the “Townsite” shopping center now known as Jackson Square. The theater showed films and hosted live shows. It is now the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse and, having hosted plays since 1943, is the oldest continually-operating communty theaters in the SouthEast. (www.orplayhouse.com)

Following is a link to the Flickr page for the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, showing the Center Theater exterior as well as the Grove, Jefferson and Ridge Theaters, all built by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Manhattan Project, 1942-1945. Also, the Skyway Drive-In, circa 1960s.

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bbrown1
bbrown1 on January 21, 2011 at 2:02 am

The Center Theater opened on Aug 31st, 1943, showing IN WHICH WE SERVE.

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