Kingston Four Cinema

8357 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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tntim on July 13, 2019 at 6:46 pm

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

Fotomac on June 6, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Can anyone remember the seating capacities of each auditorium?

rivest266 on September 4, 2018 at 1:59 am

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

greenth1ng on January 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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

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Mike Rogers on January 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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

nimrod on January 5, 2012 at 2:05 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.

davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 1:12 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.

canibfrankwithyou on September 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

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.

GMNash on April 5, 2011 at 5:48 am

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

GMNash on April 5, 2011 at 5:45 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!

KingBiscuits on April 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Actually, I think people were leaving because they realized they were watching Ishtar.

GMNash on April 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

This theatre was built and operated by Consolidated Theatres of Charlotte NC. This was the same design as the Cinema North and Cinema South in Nashville, and the Valley Cinemas in Salem VA. I worked for Consolidated in Nashville, and competed with sales at this theatre. Carmike bought most of Consolidated’s screens in 1989, and this was one of them.

tntim on January 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Don’t look for the footprint now. A large “Rooms to Go” store now sits on this location.

SeeingI on January 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

@ Mike: Wow! The footprint is still there, that’s amazing!

I have fond memories of this theater. I remember seeing “Beetlejuice” here on my 16th birthday. I saw “Ishtar” here with my Mom the night that a huge storm blew through Knoxville and did a lot of damage to signs all along Kingston Pike. The storm was so bad people were leaving during the film to keep an eye on the situation through the lobby’s huge plate-glass windows.

Both films I just mentioned were shown in the big main auditorium whose footprint is on the right. How do I remember this sutff??

rivest266 on June 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

This was 300 meter east of Gallaher View. you can see the outline at View link