Joy Theatre

278 E. McLemore Avenue East,
Memphis, TN 38106

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Previous Names: Cameo Theatre

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Joy Theatre

Opened as the Cameo Theatre in 1928. In 1932 it was renamed Joy Theatre. It had an unusual side box-office. Originally it had a vertical sign and a canopy similar to many other neighbourhood theatres, which was replaced by a Vitrolite front and a triangular marquee. The display, though small, was striking. The Joy Theatre closed in 1958. No trace remains.

Contributed by Jack Coursey, Vincent Astor

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billanderson601 on December 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

My father, who is 91 years old, grew up in South Memphis near the Joy Theater. Actually, when he was a patron in the early 1930s it was called the Cameo Theater. A friend of his, Sonny Drane, was one of the “ticket takers.” I’m 61 years old and I remember seeing movies at the Joy in the 1950s.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

David Bowers' “Encyclopedia of Automated Musical Instruments” p.551 lists a Reproduco organ installed at the Cameo Theatre, Memphis. There is no date, but certainly before 1930. Reproduco built hundreds of photoplayers for theatres in the silent movie era: half-player-piano/half pipe organ/half sound effects machines.

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