Venue Creekside

527 Inman Street West,
Cleveland, TN 37311

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There appears to have been two Village Theatres in the Cleveland area around 1969, one on 2nd Street and the other on Inman Street West. The Inman Street West location was the only one I was able to confirm. The Village Theatre was opened by Atco Theatres in 1969 and was taken over by Martin Theatres in 1971, twined in 1985 and a short time later acquired by Carmike.

The Village Twin became the Red Clay Theatre, a live performance venue, but this closed around 2009. It is now a special events venue known as The Venue Creekside.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm

The Village Theatre was actually opened by Atco Corporation in 1969. Martin bought the house from Atco in 1971, according to the January 11, 1971, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The Village was apparently Atco’s first theater. They opened the 520-seat Jackson Square Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1970, and Boxoffice in its issue of May 4 that year described that house as being similar to the Village Theatre. I can’t find anything about Atco after 1972, so the company must have either changed its name, gone out of business, or been absorbed by some larger outfit.

The Red Clay Theatre’s web site no longer has any information about the theater, and the domain name might be for sale. They probably didn’t pay their web hosting bill. The site is currently a link dump. I can’t find any events scheduled for the house anywhere else on the Internet either. It looks like the live performance venture has failed.

Also, I can’t find any mention in Boxoffice about another Village Theatre in Cleveland.

CSWalczak on November 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

According to its entry at CinemaTour, this theater has been demolished.

AlanCo4 on July 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

This was the Village theatre and is still standing today. became the Village twin in 1985.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2016 at 8:32 pm

AlanCo4 is correct. The Village Theatre building is still standing, and is now occupied by an event center called The Venue Creekside. It’s a nice little Midcentury Modern building of red brick, set back from the street quite a bit and facing its parking lot. The Village was of modest size- I’d guess no more than about 500 seats as a single-screener.

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