2366 Lamar Avenue,
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Architects: Claude Northern
The Airways Theatre was built in 1941, opening on January 22, 1942 and was designed by architect Claude Northern. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It was built by Kemmons Wilson who later founded Holiday Inns Inc. Advertisements from the period called it the ‘Airway’ theatre, though locals always knew it by the name of a nearby street, which is ‘Airways’ because it connected the city with the airport.
In its later years it was in use as an adult theatre, and the advertisements show the name Airways Theatre. During this adult period, the balcony was reserved for use by couples only. It was closed in 1987 and was soon demolished.
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