140 West Main Street,
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The Strand Theatre was Kingsport’s first movie theatre. It was built in the late-1910’s or early-1920’s and showed silent pictures with a piano accompaniment and an occasional band. By the 1950’s, now renamed Gem Theatre, it had deteriorated to a second or third run theatre where drunks passed their days.
Closed as a movie theatre in the early-1960’s, it later hosted country music shows on Saturday evenings into the 1970’s. The shows were broadcast on the cable TV system. The building was later gutted by fire.
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