Grand Theatre

703-705 S. Gay Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Previous Names: Edison Theatorium, Marvel Theatre, Ole Bull Theatre

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Grand Theatre

The Edison Theatorium was opened in 1907. In 1908 it was renamed Marvel Theatre. In 1909 it was renamed Ole Bull Theatre. It became the Grand Theatre on September 5, 1910 with Frank Rodgers proprietor. The city directory lists it showing movies and vaudeville.

The building survived into the 1990’s but was torn down in anticipation of a new Federal Court House. The site is now a parking lot and the Federal Court House is in the next block.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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Patsy on October 7, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Too bad that this Grand theatre is now a parking lot, but at least they have the Tennessee.

bbrown1 on July 29, 2007 at 1:05 am

The Grand Theater at 216 S. Central was an theater for African American audiences that was open from 1945 to 1950. The address is on the east side of Central, between Vine and Commerce. It was located in close proximity to the Gem Theater on Vine.

tntim on August 2, 2007 at 1:21 pm

This theatre on Gay street opened in 1907 as the Edison Theatorium and renamed the Marvel in 1908,and the Ole Bull in 1909. It became the Grand in 1910 and lasted until 1917. The building was razed in 1965 for a parking lot.

Patsy on August 2, 2007 at 2:54 pm

tntim: For another parking lot! What a “Grand” idea!

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