Savoy Theatre

1268 Thomas Street,
Memphis, TN 38107

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The Savoy Theatre is listed in the directory as a “Negro theatre”. The Savoy Theatre was operating by 1939, and continued until at least 1955.

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RA35 on January 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I don’t know when the Savoy was built, I can only go back to 1945 when my parents carried my brother and I to see Song of The South. We lived one block over and had the same numbers in our address. The Theater was owned by Chalmers Cullins. He was aslo the co-owner of the W.C.Handy on Park Ave at the corner of Airways Blvd. Thats another story. The theater colosed for a while in about 1954 and my parents reopened it in 1955. It faced West on Thomas St.(Hwy 51North). On the North side was a resturant named The Harlem House on the South side was a barber shop. The projection room had 2 Simplex projectors, sound and carbon arc lamps. The film cabinet had 12 bins. There was a fire door that would slide shut should the fire line break and so would the port hole shutters. There was 2 windows and a ladder at the one next to the recifier switches, no water and no restroom. My job was to open at 6:45pm to 8 and back in the projection room at 10:30 to close. The theater remained open until around 1959.

gill on September 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

This might actually be the 4th SAVOY. This one is listed in the Memphis Directories from 1939-1958.

There was a SAVOY at 121 S. Main listed from 1910-1915. There was a SAVOY at 49 Main in 1920-1921. (This was previously a MAJESTIC Theatre from 1912-1919). There was a SAVOY listed at 1320 S. Lauderdale in 1928. (This is the address of the ROYAL Theatre.

vastor on November 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

This Savoy was operated by Chalmers Cullins. He, according to his niece, had a reputation for keeping close watch on his employees as far as their education was concerned and was much admired for the help he gave them.

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