Where can I find historic movie theaters in Tennessee?

posted by Michael Zoldessy on September 1, 2009 at 7:45 am

This article in the Examiner looks at the great movie palaces in the state of Tennessee.

The oldest movie theatre in Tennessee is the Bijou Theater in Knoxville. The theater was originally built in 1817 as a hotel but was opened as a theatre in 1909. It is the fourth oldest building in Knoxville. The theatre was first opened for vaudeville, where acts like the Marx Brothers performed, and then adapted into a movie theater. The theatre still shows movies and also does tons of musical acts, stand up comedians, orchestra and theatre performances, keeping its roots alive.

Comments (3)

JRS40 on September 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

Try the website AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES. Click on Theaters and then Search for the state you want and go from there.

1234 on September 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Several theaters come to mind:
Tennessee Theater in Knoxville
Tivoli theater in Chattanooga
Malco or Orphium in Memphis
Paramount in Bristol
These should all have web sites about the theater

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