Savannah Theatre

601 Court Street,
Savannah, TN 38372

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm

The Savannah was called the Churchill Theatre prior to 1940, and was operated by E.W. Churchill. The July 27, 1940, issue of Boxoffice said that Churchill had sold his theater to R.B. Gooch effective July 20. The item said that Churchill had operated the house for fifteen years. The September 14, 1940, issue of Boxoffice said that Gooch had formally opened the theater as the Savannah on September 8.

The June 19, 1954, issue of Boxoffice reported a fire at the Savannah Theatre had forced the evacuation of about 100 patrons. The item said that damage was heavy but covered by insurance. I haven’t found any follow-up articles about the event or about repairs to the theater.

The October 13, 1956, issue of Boxoffice announced that the Skyvue Drive-In at Savannah would close November 10, and the Savannah Theatre would open on November 11. Savannah was one of a number of towns in the region where drive-ins operated during the summer and the business would be moved over to hardtops for the colder seasons.

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