Cobb Theater

4128 South Plaza Drive,
Memphis, TN 38116

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Cobb Theatre Whitehaven

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Located this listing for the Cobb in a 1968 Cole Directory. Appears to have been a shopping centre cinema. If you have any information on this theatre please update.

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Backseater on February 4, 2007 at 9:48 am

This was one of the local neighborhood shopping center theaters like the Balmoral (q.v.) that got built just in time to be done in by cable TV and VCR tapes. I first saw it in 1972, so it must have been built not long before then. Saw “The Harrad Experiment” there, which with considerable FFN both male and female was very daring for the time. Lloyd T. Binford must have rolled over in his grave.

Later I saw some similar shows there, for example something set in a swamp with Claudia Jennings and many alligators, but my impression was that the theater never caught on and was eventually closed and converted to other uses or else demolished. It was only a few blocks north of the much larger Southbrook multiplex, which may also have been a factor in its demise.

gspragin on July 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

I remember it opening in the late ‘60s or early '70s. Personally, I preferred going to the Whitehaven Cinema just across the street.

vastor on August 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

The building with the same address listed for the Cobb Theatre has been posted. Remnants of exits below ground level appear that it was either a twin or a tiny four-plex.

StanMalone on June 24, 2016 at 7:49 am

“I saw some similar shows there, for example something set in a swamp with Claudia Jennings and many alligators…”


That would be “Gator Bait.” Great drive in movie. Ran it at the NE Expressway Drive in in Atlanta with its co-feature of “Unholy Rollers” which was another Claudia Jennings movie we had run a couple of years earlier. Those were the days.

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