Dixie Theatre

133 S. Central Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The Dixie Theatre was probably a nickelodeon theatre: the Knoxville City Directories for 1910 through 1914 show the address as H.G.Chester, soft drinks". In 1915 the address is listed as “The Dixie Theatre, motion pictures.

There is an older building standing at this address. Further research would be required to establish if it is indeed the Dixie Theatre.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on September 2, 2006 at 6:26 pm

The building at 133 South Central Avenue was built around 1900. No doubt it is the Dixie.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on September 14, 2006 at 6:45 pm

Coinsidentally, a friend lives at this address, the upper floor having been coverted to condomeniums. I experienced a classic double take upon putting the two addresses together.

His research also noted the quick passing of the Dixie Theatre. The street level retail space was a cafe for decades in the 2nd half of the 20th century. The upper floors apparently vacant for 50 years before the recent renovation for residential use.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 8, 2006 at 7:51 pm

I found this on a website for African American Theaters in Knoxville:

“DIXIE THEATER. Another theater for black patrons was the Dixie Theater. This theater opened at 133 South Central in 1915. It was located on the west side of Central, between Jackson and Vine, a couple of doors north of Vine, on the opposite side of the block where the Lincoln Theater was earlier located. By 1916, the Dixie had closed”.

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