258 Yazoo Avenue,
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Architects: John Gaisford
Previous Names: Marion Theatre, Larry Thompson Center for the Performing Arts
The Marion Theatre opened in 1918 on Yazoo Avenue in Clarksdale. The theatre was designed by John Gaisford and one of the first theatres in the area to be built mainly for showing movies. By 1931, the Marion Theatre was acquired by the Saenger Amusements chain, which renamed the theatre the Paramount Theatre. It continued to operate as a movie house for over three more decades.
By the time it closed on October 28, 1976, it had been twinned. In 1986, the Paramount Theatre was taken over by a group that used the theatre for performing arts, and was renamed the Larry Thompson Center for the Performing Arts. The theatre seems to have been used on and off since the 1990’s and is currently closed.
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