204 E. Central Avenue,
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The Cherokee Theatre was located on the main street in LaFollette. It faced the mountains that were in easy walking distance.
The Cherokee Theatre was a brick structure with a decent marquee and a balcony. It served Campbell County as the only walk-in theatre. Closest was the Manring Theatre in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was owned by Cherokee Amusements, a small theatre outfit in East Tennessee.
The concession stand greeted the moviegoer with very little lobby. I never attended a movie there, but passed it countless times. My dad did go there as a child and remembered the Gabby Hayes westerns.
I am not 100% sure but I have reason to believe the 1966 movie, "Batman" was one of the last if not the last movie ever to play there. Reason being, my dad was visiting a lawyer in downtown LaFollette, and I walked around town. On the marquee was "Batman" and I clearly remember looking at the stills and posters. But peering into the theatre this 10 year old could tell the theatre had closed!
And it would stay closed for several years until a pharmacy occupied that location for years. Just recently I went through LaFollette, and a furniture store has that location. But to a trained eye you can tell many years ago that location gave great movie experiences to a rural audience.
Today LaFollette is served with a small Twin Theatre built back in the late-1970’s called The Movies. You can look at how trashy it is, worn out basically. I dropped by several years ago when "Spiderman" was playing just to look the location over.
The admission was like $2.00 a seat!! And this was a first-run house. It’s a Carmike Cinema, which seems to seek out rural small towns and put no money into a theatre.
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