3809 Tweedy Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: South-Lyn Theatres
Architects: Clarence J. Smale
Functions: Art Gallery
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Garden Theatre, South Gate Theatre, New Allen Theater
South Gate’s classic small neighborhood movie house going back to 1924, when it opened as the Garden Theatre. It was remodeled in 1936 to the plans of architect Clarence J. Smale. It was still showing movies on its single screen well into the 1980’s. A real survivor, in 2004 the exterior was little changed except for removal of the ticket booth and it became a venue for live rock music performers. In its heyday, it was affectionately known as “the flea pit”.
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