Muhammad Ali Theater

380 Beale Street,
Memphis, TN 38103

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Towne II Cinema

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Originally opened in 1975 as the Towne II, although a second screen was never added. By 1977 Muhammed Ali’s name was added as a later investor. The building still stands on the corner of Fifth and Beale Streets.

I remember walking down Beale Street in 1976 or 1977, before Beale Street was "renovated", and though the street was otherwise almost deserted, there were two open movie theaters, the Muhammad Ali Theatre, and the New Daisy Theatre. The old Daisy Theatre was closed at the time. The Muhammad Ali Theatre was by far the newest building on Beale Street at the time.

It has been a nightclub for many years with an unfortunate reputation.

Contributed by Bob Brown, vastor

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 6, 2008 at 11:27 pm

I recall from reading Thomas Hauser’s 1990 biography that Ali signed deals for restaurants, clothing lines, even a Muhammad Ali car. This might have been one of those deals.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2008 at 7:05 am

Opened June 20, 1975. It was the first black owned movie theater to open in Tennessee in 30 years. The location given is Fifth and Beale, but Google won’t map that location.

vastor
vastor on March 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The architect’s rendering has been posted to this page.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

Considered “Tops” in this nation in this 1977 article: Boxoffice

vastor
vastor on December 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

George Miller, who is still owner of the property (Commercial Appeal, 12/27/12) has been involved in two different nightclubs—the Plush Club and its successor Crave-which have been notorious for shootings and disturbances. The newspaper reported today, 12/27/12, that Crave has been closed down as a public nuisance. Whether it will reopen under a different management this time is unknown.

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