Athens Theatre

Main Street,
Athens, TN 37303

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

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The Athens Theatre was opened in early-1926. It was closed in the 1950’s.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Patsy on February 4, 2007 at 9:23 pm

If someone could post a photo of this closed theater, I thank you. BTW, Athens is the home of Mayfield Ice Cream…great tour and ice cream parlor.

Patsy on February 4, 2007 at 9:24 pm

And is there a theatre in the college town of Cleveland, TN?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2009 at 12:36 am

A brief item in the January 18, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the new Athens Theatre had recently opened with the musical “Barnyard Follies” as the initial offering. The February 1 issue of Boxoffice said that the Athens was the eighth house of the Manning & Wink circuit.

Patsy on March 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Is this theatre closed or gone?

50sSNIPES on July 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm

The Athens Theatre’s site before construction is formerly a hotel known as the old “Force Hotel”. Erection began on June 5, 1925 and the ground broke later that September. The Athens Theatre opened in early 1926.

50sSNIPES on July 20, 2021 at 1:24 pm

It may had closed in the 1950s. It wasn’t listed in the 1960s at all according to the Knoxville Journal.

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