Capri Theatre

148 W. Main Street,
Johnson City, TN 37604

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Capri Theatre

Opened as the Deluxe Theatre. It was renamed Capitol Theatre on September 4, 1925 and closed in 1928. Teopened as the Tennessee Theatre, it closed as the Tennessee Theatre in 1968 and reopened as the Capri Theatre on November 26, 1969 and closed in 1983.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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BannerJohn1954
BannerJohn1954 on December 9, 2007 at 1:42 pm

I saw a James Bond film there,the one with Lazenby. I remember it being BIG,and ornate. I sat in the balcony. It was bulldozed to make way for the Johnson City Press building.

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 29, 2009 at 11:21 pm

No, it was demolished to make way for the BUS station. People were pushing for it to be torn down, due to its final years as a porn house. The Presbyterian church across the street was probably glad to see it go, although I attended church there at the time, and was sick to see that wonderful old building come down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2012 at 4:30 am

A De Luxe Theatre at Johnson City is listed in the 1922 edition of Julius Cahn’s guide. The Deluxe Theatre placed a courtesy ad in the 1923 edition of The Buffalo, the senior class yearbook of Milligan College in Johnson City. A 2007 book called Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman, by Bob L. Cox, says that Mr. Bowman appeared at the Deluxe Theatre in Johnson City in the spring of 1924, and adds that the “…stately entertainment center had been built just four years previously….” It’s quite possible that the Deluxe opened in 1920, and it was certainly open by 1922.

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

East TN was a “petrie dish” for urban renewal in the 70s. Just about EVERY small town was destroyed by the “experiment” – massive loss of significant architecture. Very sad.

sonarboy
sonarboy on March 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

This theatre was built for live performance before the advent of sound reinforcement. Great acoustics. The last ‘live’ show ever presented there was April 9, 1981. Produced by Joe ‘Tank’ Leach owner of The Down Home music venue. The show featured Roy Bookbinder, John Hartford and New Grass Revival. I recorded that show on 10" reel to reel tapes. The city lost a great cultural venue that cannot be built today. No foresight to this day.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2019 at 11:13 am

Closed as Capitol in 1928.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Closed as Tennessee in 1968 and reopened as Capri on November 26th, 1969. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Newspaper listings ended in 1983. Closed?

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