First Theater

Loretto, TN 38469

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First Theater

The shell of the building is all that is left of the First Theater, which opened in Loretto, TN in 1948. It was operated by James Robinson. My father remembers them throwing out the nitrate films and the kids would light them and watch them burn for fun.

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KenLayton on October 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Sad to see this building now. Anyone have pictures when this theater was open? By the way, back in the nitrate days fire department regulations had limits on how much nitrate film footage could be kept on the property. So if there were nitrate prints left over that the distributor never picked up, the footage had to be removed or destroyed. Hence that’s why they got burnt outside.

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