Airdome Theatre

3416 Summer Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38122

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Summer Airdome location

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Memphis had five ‘airdome’ theatres. They were simply a movie projector, a screen, seats and a box office inside an enclosure. The city’s other airdome’s were: Madison Airdome located at Cleveland & Monroe, which operated 1914 – 1916 Mozart Airdome, located at 1128 Patton, which operated 1915 – 1916 Riverside Airdome, located at 1274 Florida Street. This was a ‘colored’ theatre operating 1915 – 1916. The Young Airdome, located in the Cooper-Young neighbourhood, operating 1915 – 1916

This Airdome Theatre was on Summer Avenue between National Street and N. Highland Street in a developing area. It is listed in the 1926-1927 city Directories, which means it was open in 1925 and closed sometime in 1927. The area was beginning to develop and since airdomes were seasonal, like drive-ins, more money could be made with an indoor theatre. The Bristol Theatre, across the avenue, opened in 1929. Research in original city Directory listings revealed the location of this theatre further east than was originally thought.

Contributed by Vincent Astor

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vastor
vastor on February 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

The posted aerial is from 1938. The theatre was long gone and the lot developed.

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