Brownie Theatre

Cumberland Avenue,
Middlesboro, KY 40965

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 3, 2010 at 6:48 am

The marquee referenced in your picture belongs to the Manring Theater. It is now gone as of the middle 70’s.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 3, 2010 at 2:42 am

The September 23, 1950, issue of Boxoffice mentioned the Brownie Theatre. It said that Bob Dean had taken over management of the Manring and Brownie theater from Vic Wintle.

A March 22, 1941, item says “Phoenix Amusement Company, which has long been operating Schine’s Manring and Brownie theatres here under lease arrangements, has acquired the buildings housing the theatres from Charles Otto Brown.”

Phoenix was probably the local operating company set up by Schine.

My guess would be that C.O. Brown had named the Brownie Theatre after himself. The Middlesboro Cemetery has Brown, Charles Otto listed, 02/06/1889-10/21/1942. Assuming it’s the same Charles Otto Brown, given his age there’s no telling how long he was in the theater business at Middlesboro. The Brownie might have been a very old theater.

This is probably nothing to do with the Brownie, but at the far left in this photo of Middlesboro, which looks to be from the early 1960s, could that be a fragment of a theater marquee, or is it just a rather theatrical shop marquee?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Listed as closed in 1935 with 340 seats.