293-295 Madison Avenue,
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Discovered this theatre on a document at the Memphis/Shelby County library titled “1936 Eight Year Report, City Fire Marshall”. The Mazda Theatre (and all along I only thought it was only an automobile name) is listed under the heading ‘Closed Theatres’.
Originally opened as the Jefferson Theatre in 1908. Its name was changed to Lyric Theatre when the management changed in 1911, and this is the name the theatre is best remembered. It originally presented stage shows vaudeville and Sarah Bernhardt appeared here. At the moment there is no records of regular cinema shows.
In around 1931 it was renamed Mazda Theatre and in later years prize fights were held there. The Mazda Theatre burned in a fire on January 23, 1941.
Located where today the Madison overpass crosses Danny Thomas, there is now new construction and parking at this address.
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