Southbrook Theatre

1260 E. Shelby Drive,
Memphis, TN 38116

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Southbrook Mall 2012

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The UA Southbrook 4 Theatre was constructed, along with the mall surrounding it, in 1972. It was a very compact theatre which occupied the back section of its mall. The main entrance to the mall, in its center, led directly to the entrance to the theatre. The lobby was low-ceilinged as the booth for all four auditoriums was on top. Small flights of steps led up into each auditorium, a total of 1,148. The theatre was later expanded by three screens far removed from the main entrance, actually another tiny triplex with its own concession stand but using the same box office. The exits on either side of the screens opened into long service hallways and the capacity became approximately 1,400. It is possible that5 Elvis Presley attended or rented this theatre.

Opened by United Artists, it was closed under Regal’s banner and all equipment was removed. The mall, unused for many years, is undergoing a rebirth and reopening the cinema, even restoration, is part of the overall plan. Roof damage has caused many water problems, mostly in the original section but a clean-up is underway in 2013.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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cjburke
cjburke on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

The one movie I remember seeing here was Blazing Saddles. My father took me to see it. During the scene when Mel Brooks, as the Indian chief, was speaking to the sheriff’s parents, my father was translating it for me – he was speaking Yiddish, which my father knew from growing up in Philadelphia. He and I are laughing, and everyone else is staring at us will somebody says “What’s so funny about him speaking Indian? At which point Dad fell on the floor laughing even harder!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Address according to an old Rentrak listing I found is 1260 Shelby Dr.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

And that would be East Shelby Dr.

vastor
vastor on March 11, 2012 at 5:20 am

Southbrook Mall still exists but I wasn’t able to go inside the day I was nearby. I took a photo of the exterior which hasn’t changed much.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

Possibly described in this 1973 trade article: Boxoffice

vastor
vastor on December 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yes, that is the Southbrook. I have also seen a photo of the entry somewhere else on the web.

robpra87
robpra87 on May 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I remember seeing Bebe’s Kids Here and Home Alone 3 and many other movies.

robpra87
robpra87 on August 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Do anyone have classic photos from inside the mall.

vastor
vastor on August 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Got inside today, roof damage caused a lot of water leaks but the auditoriums look very much the same. The lobby is a shambles but the new mall management is looking to re-open the theatre after renovating. The original UA Southbrook 4 Theatre was expanded to 7 screens (really another tiny separate theatre using the same box office) and was last operated by Regal.

spotlope
spotlope on October 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

Me, my best friend from high school, my wife, and at least two of my siblings worked here in the 1980’s. I still have fond memories of the place. A couple of years ago, I stopped by to see what was left. At the time, the lobby was walled off, but there was a makeshift hallway leading through it to the theater’s bathrooms, which were being used at the mall’s restrooms. Things were in a pretty sorry state, but I could still make out patches of that hideous burnt orange carpet showing through here and there.

Good times…

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