Knickerbocker Theatre

219 Capitol Boulevard,
Nashville, TN 37219

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Knickerbocker Theatre

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One of the earliest listings of the Knickerbocker Theatre state its address as 205 6th Avenue North suggesting that the theatre might have been moved sometime during its existence. The Knickerbocker Theatre was said to have been equipped with a 3 manual, 12 rank Kimball organ when it opened in 1916.

By 1950 the Knickerbocker Theatre was operated by the Crescent Amusement Co. It was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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DavePrice on May 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

He was married to Marie Sudekum (no t). I knew Marie but not Porter.

TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I thought the name was spelled wrong,but how it was spelled in the paper.The artical just called here Mrs. Porter Sudekum.(spelled wrong).She gave a watercolor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to Fess Parker in 1955 when he was in Nashville promoting Davy Crockett,King of the Wild Frontier.Thanks for your info Dave.

DavePrice on May 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I believe she was a life-long artist. That’s how I met her as she was a long-time friend of Chris Tibbott who taught art here in Nashville for many years and after whom the art wing of the University School is named.

TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks again Dave,that an interesting bit of Nashville History.From over 50 years ago.

KAS on June 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Looks like we have lost some comments and photo links with the New C.T.

adreed on June 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

Information about Knickerbocker and other Nashville theaters at

DavePrice on June 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

Just for the record and to whoever wrote the opening comment above, the Capitol Blvd address and the Sixth Ave address are the same building; the ole Knick had two entrances, one on each of these streets.

TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for that link Chuck.

mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The Kimball organ was moved to 1st Lutheran Church on 8th Avenue in the late 40s. It was removed when church bought a new organ in early 60s. I have no idea what became of it.

TheatreOrgan on December 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm

According to the Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol.1, page 259, by David Junchen, published 1985, and referencing the theatre’s summary at the top of this page, a Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ was installed in 1916. Three manuals/twelve ranks, including a two rank echo chamber, probably positioned near the back of the auditorium.

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