Gaiety Theatre

119 Broad Street,
Kingsport, TN 37402

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The Queen Theatre was opened prior to 1917. In 1919 it was renamed Gaiety Theatre and was closed in 1924.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

The only mentions of the Queen Theatre I’ve been able to find in old publications are from 1917. This line from the May 31, 1917, issue of The Kingsport Times is interesting: “Kingsport has three up-to-date theatres, the Strand, the Queen and the Cherokee. All offer attractive pictures nightly.”

The name Gaiety Theatre shows up in the Times from 1919 to 1924. A July 1, 1925, item mentions someone’s intention to reopen the Gaiety, but there are no later instances of its name in the paper so the project probably failed.

The only instances of Broadway Theatre I’ve found in the Times are generic uses pertaining to New York City’s theater district. If this house was ever known as the Broadway Theatre it must have been but briefly.

As near as I can discover, this house last operated as the Gaiety Theatre, and was closed by 1925.

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