Dixie Theatre

106 S. Main Street,
Ripley, MS 38663

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The 330-seat Dixie Theatre was operated in 1941 by the Memphis, TN based Strand Enterprises Inc. chain. It was still open in 1950 when it had 524 seats.

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asimplekindofman on October 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

Photobucket This is the Dixie Theater in Ripley, MS in the 60’s or 70’s. Your picture is from the 90’s and it’s not the theater. It’s an auction on the left and a cheap grocery store on the right. The storage building in the photo did not exist in the 80’s.

Dixie_Theatre on September 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

My great-grandmother started the Dixie theatre, Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Shannon Pitner, with her husband James Dan Pitner, when they had silent movies. They introduced ‘talkies’ in the late 1920’s and my grandmother and mother would ride ‘The Rebel’ train down to Ripley and would watch free movies. When Lizzie died in 1952, her daughter Annie Pitner took over as owner. Annie would drive to Memphis weekly to exchange films. She sold it before she passed away in 1974. It later burned in the late ‘70’s or '80’s. Bill

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