Tillery Theatre

New Clinton Highway,
Knoxville, TN 37912

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Tillery Theatre

The Tillery Theatre was on Clinton Highway in Knoxville Tennessee where Jim Clayton’s (yes, Clayton Homes Jim Clayton) car dealership is now. It was opened on October 6, 1947 with Gary Cooper in “Cloak and Dagger”.

I saw great movies on Saturdays after a long week of working on the farm. Saw “Singing in the Rain” there, a lot of westerns, but my best memory was the movie, “The Wizard of Oz”. When it went from black and white to color when Dorothy woke up in Oz, the whole theater just said “Ahh!”

Nine cents admission, drinks five cents and popcorn a dime. Memories don’t get any better than that.

Contributed by David King

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stevelawsn
stevelawsn on February 8, 2008 at 5:37 am

I remember seeing “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” and “The High and the Mighty” there at different times back when I was growing up in Knoxville in the 50s'. Great neighborhood theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

thanks David,that is one in K-Town I had never of.

patti58
patti58 on January 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

This was my grandfathers theater. My mom worked in it as she was growing up. I do not have a picture of it thank you for posting it!

tntim
tntim on August 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

I have posted a picture of the Tillery after it became Clayton Motors back in the 60’s.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

This opened on October 6th, 1947. Grand opening ad posted.

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