Delta Cinema

11 Third Street,
Clarksdale, MS 38614

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Previous Names: Tyson Theater, Delta Theater, Showcase Cinema

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Delta Cinema

The 520-seat single screen Tyson Theater was opened on August 27, 1946 with Judy Garland in “The Harvey Girls”. The Delta Cinema last operated with two screens. It was a clean cinema, with comfortable seats and played recent movies. It was closed in January 2019.

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Darren_Snow on June 20, 2021 at 8:45 am

This cinema appears to be out of business. As of April 2021, a poster for the 2018 film “12 Strong” was still hanging in the frames on the facade, and the marquee advertised a local event from the previous fall.

Darren_Snow on June 20, 2021 at 9:34 am

Also, I just learned that before it was “Delta Cinema” it was called the Tyson Theater. I don’t have the opening date or anything, but I’ve seen in an old city directory that this was its name in 1960.

50sSNIPES on October 10, 2023 at 11:18 am

The Tyson Theater opened its doors on August 27, 1946 with Judy Garland in “The Harvey Girls” along with a Passing Parade subject “Magic On A Stick” plus a speech delivered by civil leaders which also featured WROX radio personalities in the lobby, with an original capacity of 520 seats. The Tyson originally featured a gray and red exterior and arrangements of multicolored lights aroused in passers.

The 1951 film “Three Guys Named Mike” gave very special sneak preview at the Tyson due to the film being inspired by experiences of a Clarksdale woman named Ethel “Pug” Welles who worked as an airline stewardess for American Airlines.

The Tyson Theatre was once known as “Bosworth Showcase Cinema” when ownership changed after Billy Holcomb passed the theater building over to Tom Bosworth in 1975. In November 1979, the theater installed Dolby Stereo. After Bosworth moved to Louisiana in 1981, it was taken over by another person who continued operating the theater. He later twinned it. Although it became the Delta Theater and Delta Cinema later on, it eventually kept the Showcase name on the center of the marquee. In 2003, the theater suddenly went vacant for a short time but reopened later.

The Delta Cinema closed for the final time in January 2019 due to a sewage problem.

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