100 Franklin Street,
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Among the few remaining Art Deco style theatres; Manhattan has Radio City Music Hall, Oakland, the Paramount Theatre and Clarksville, the Roxy Theatre. The Roxy Theatre is the phoenix that rose from the ashes of the first Lillian Theatre to become one of the premier showcases for film and later live theatre in Tennessee. It was designed by architectural firm Joseph & Joseph and opened October 7, 1915 as the Lillian Theatre. By 1939 it had been taken over by the Nashville, TN based Crescent Amusement Co. It was remodeled in 1941 to the plans of architectural firm Speight & Hibbs and was renamed Roxy Theatre, reopening December 25, 1941 with Wallace Beery in “The Man From Dakota”. It suffered another major fire in 1945 and was rebuilt, reopening in 1947. It had closed by 1957.
The Roxy Theatre is currently home to one of the state’s top drama companies, the Roxy Regional Theatre whose productions have included the American premiere of “A Tale of Two Cities”, the Steinbeck classics “Of Mice and Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, and “Antigone” while community highlights have included the regional premieres of “Triumph of Love”, “Side Show”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Chess” as well as such blockbusters as “Grease”, “Smoke on the Mountain”, “Carousel” and “Damn Yankees”. Classic films were introduced to the programing in fall of 2016.
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