Merlu Theatre

219 Madison Street,
Clarendon, AR 72020

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dlm7551
dlm7551 on December 12, 2006 at 1:51 pm

The Merlu Theatre was in Clarendon, Arkansas and it’s name comes from a composite of the names of the two founders – I don’t recall them as that was many years ago. In the late 70s the theatre was operated by a man from Waverly, TN. He may have used a Waverly mailing address but there was no Merlu Theatre in Waverly, TN.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 12, 2006 at 2:43 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook; 1941 & 1943 editions as the Merlu Theatre Clarendon, AR with 300 seats. In the 1950 edition it is listed as the Merlu Theatre, 219 Madison Street, Clarendon, AR 72029 with a seating capacity given as 501.

dlm7551..to confirm what you mention above, none of these editions of F.D.Y. have a listing for a Merlu Theatre in Waverly, TN

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 28, 2007 at 12:28 am

I was in Waverly (the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn) in 2005 researching theatres and the only two I found the Mi-De-Ga and a drive-in. Later while canvassing the 1988 edition of the IMPA, I saw the Merlu listed in Waverly, TN and figured, who was I to challenge this holy script. Thank you both for looking into this and clearing it up. Now if Cinema Treasures will correct the address….

dlm7551
dlm7551 on February 3, 2007 at 12:16 am

Ah, yes. I recall the guy who ran the Merlu, Russell Curtis, mentioning the Mi-De-Ga. It’s pronounced “Mighty Gay”. I thought, what an odd name. Coincidentally, the only photograph I have of the Merlu, taken in 1979, does not show the marquee but there is a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” one-sheet seen in the background with Cissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn.

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