3416 Summer Avenue,
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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 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.
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