Kingston Four Cinema

8357 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Kingston Four Cinema

The Kingston Four Cinema was a very interesting, though short lived, four-plex: built in the 1970’s, opening on December 17, 1976. The four auditoriums were each an octagon, one was larger than the other three. The construction looked like poured concrete. The lobby was was a square that fit into the space where the octagons joined.

There was no marquee as such, but a large signboard stood on the street. The floors were nicely raked and the hall was clean and nicely-if simply-decorated for the period. It was still showing first run pictures in 1993. In 1994 it changed to second run movies and was closed by Carmike May 16, 1996. It was demolished in the late-1990’s. There was a lot of competition in the neighborhood and though the hall backed up to I-40 with a second large signboard facing the interstate and it had plenty of parking, sadly it didn’t make the cut.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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GMNash
GMNash on April 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

@KingBiscuits = dat true, lol! I was stuck with that as one of my holiday flicks that Christmas. It was quickly dumped in the 200-seater!

GMNash
GMNash on April 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

Wait, that was some other movie I was thinking of at Christmastime… Ishtar was May of 1987…. was still dumped, though.

canibfrankwithyou
canibfrankwithyou on September 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I performed projection & sound equipment service here for several years. I remember receiving a call about a fire in one the auditoriums where they had been running “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for over a year. Several rows of seating toward the front of the room were burned, ceiling tiles above burned out,and screen melted. Smoke damage in projection room but all was restored and reopened. Don’t remember the outcome of the investigation.

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

GMNash – also the same design as the University Cinemas in Huntsville, AL. Built as a 4-plex with 2 more screens added later. The building still stands, and recently has been renovated into something else.

nimrod
nimrod on January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

This was a midnight movie destination for years in the late 70’s-early 80’s, including at least one year, if not two years of consecutive Rocky Horror Picture Show runs.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

WE played “ROCKY HORROR” at Regency Cinemas in Augusta,HAD nightmares too,more trouble than it was worth.

greenth1ng
greenth1ng on January 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

According to local newspapers, this theater switched to discount movies in 1994 and was later closed by Carmike on May 16, 1996.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 4, 2018 at 4:59 am

tntim, link is dead. This opened on December 17th, 1976. Grand opening ad already posted.

Fotomac
Fotomac on June 6, 2019 at 8:48 pm

Can anyone remember the seating capacities of each auditorium?

tntim
tntim on July 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm

There was a fire that broke out in theater #4 on December 21, 1979 Newspaper article is posted in the photo section.

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