Airways Theatre

2366 Lamar Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38114

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Iceberg on October 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

The Airway ended its days as a regular theater around September of 1965. It reopened shortly thereafter as an adult/porn venue. It was still in operation as such as late as 1987, though it may have closed that year. A Burger King now sits on part of the basic grounds.

vastor on August 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Kemmons Wilson built this theatre in 1941. Ads from the period call it the “Airway” though locals always knew it by the name of the nearby street, which is “Airways” because it was laid out to go to the airport. In its later years as an adult theatre the ads show the name “Airways.” When this happened is still being researched. Though demolished now, it lasted longer because of the adult trade.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 9, 2010 at 3:20 am

Don’t tell me you drove there to watch a skin flick!

TLSLOEWS on June 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Yes it was Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 12:48 am

yes, it was showing X-rated films.and they went 24 hours Friday til Subday. Boxoffice opened at 10:00 am and it was Couples Six dollars!1977 prices.Nice looking theatre to have to play adult films.

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

The Airways was showing adult films in the early 1970s:

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on December 14, 2005 at 3:20 pm

The Airways is gone, torn down in a highway realignment. It had been closed for some time. The name, ironic in view of the fact that TV put neighborhood theatres out of business, is from its location on Airways Boulevard, the road to the Memphis airport.

Backseater on October 19, 2005 at 11:56 am

The Airways was one of the larger “neighborhood” theaters. It had a spacious auditorium with a balcony. In size I would compare it to the Rosemary (q.v.) but with less ornate decoration. When I first saw it in the 60s it was already a porn house, showing mostly Euro-trash but occasionally some home-grown material such as “Surftide 77” and “The Bare Hunt.” The balcony was “reserved for couples only.” The area was a little frightening even then and I only went there a few times. When I returned to Memphis in 1973 it was still running, and I went there once to check it out. Once was enough. The neighborhood, the theater, and the show had all deteriorated even further. In later years I drove by occasionally and it was still operating for a while, but eventually closed. Sorry I can’t provide any more recent information.