Grand Theatre

703-705 S. Gay Street,
Knoxville, TN

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Former Grand Building

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The Grand Theatre opened in 1911 with Frank Rodgers proprietor. The city directory lists it showing movies and vaudeville.

The building survived into the 1990’s but was torn down in anticipation of a new Federal Court House. The site is now a parking lot and the Federal Court House is in the next block.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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Patsy
Patsy on October 7, 2006 at 11:33 am

Too bad that this Grand theatre is now a parking lot, but at least they have the Tennessee.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on July 28, 2007 at 10:05 pm

The Grand Theater at 216 S. Central was an theater for African American audiences that was open from 1945 to 1950. The address is on the east side of Central, between Vine and Commerce. It was located in close proximity to the Gem Theater on Vine.

tntim
tntim on August 2, 2007 at 10:21 am

This theatre on Gay street opened in 1907 as the Edison Theatorium and renamed the Marvel in 1908,and the Ole Bull in 1909. It became the Grand in 1910 and lasted until 1917. The building was razed in 1965 for a parking lot.

Patsy
Patsy on August 2, 2007 at 11:54 am

tntim: For another parking lot! What a “Grand” idea!

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