Crystal Theatre

425 S. Gay Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Crystal Theatre

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The Crystal Theatre was either the first or second theatre in Knoxville built to show motion pictures. The address in 1907 is listed as vacant in the city directory. The Crystal is listed in the 1908 directory with Scott Leslie as manager. In 1909 T.L. Collins is the manager. In 1914 the directory calls 425 S. Gay Street the Crystal Shooting Gallery and Salt Water Taffy Store. In 1915 it was showing movies again.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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tntim on September 5, 2006 at 4:32 am

There was also a Crystal Theatre on the west side of Market Square in the 30’s and 40’s

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on September 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Ron Allen’s research on the Crystal says the following:

“The Crystal originally opened as a silent movie theater at 425 South Gay Street. The theater was renamed the Ritz Theater in 1930, adding vaudeville entertainment. Later, it moved to 31 Market Square and again assumed the original name of the Crystal Theater.”

In 1935 there is a different theatre on Western Avenue using the name “Ritz.”

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