868 Arkansas Street,
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Open from about 1914-1928.
Around 1942 Kemmons Wilson (who later went on to be the founder of Holiday Inns) heard there was a little, long closed for years, Desoto Theater for sale. Kemmons offered to pay the $2,000 asking price if he could pay it at $25 a week after he got the theater open. Kemmons then went to National Theater Supply Company run by Bob Bostick who provided invaluable assistance as Kemmons learned the movie business. Bob sold Kemmons some $4,000 worth of equipment with nothing down, and helped him get the theater open. Kemmons managed to get the DeSoto Theater open without so much as a down payment!
Open from about 1942-1948.
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