Ray Theatre

834 W. Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39203

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The Ray Theatre went through a couple name changes during its life as a theatre, Joy, New Joy, Park and finally Ray. Seating was listed at 500. The theatre was opperated by Associated Theatres when it closed.

The Ray Theatre closed in 1950 and the building is still standing but the usage is unknown. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Jerry Dallas’s Movie Theaters in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi gives the sequence of names this theater had as follows: Opened by the summer of 1941 as the Ray Theatre; renamed the Joy Theatre by 1943; renamed the Park Theatre from July 18, 1948, until closing in 1950.

The New Joy was a different theater, at 215 West Capitol Street, which had previously been called the Buck and the Gay. The operations of the Joy and the New Joy actually overlapped for about two and a half years.

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