Columbia Theatre

9 5th Street,
Bristol, TN 37620

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50sSNIPES on February 27, 2022 at 7:20 am

The Columbia First Opened On May 27, 1912 With The Following: Comedian Charles E. Mack Taking A Blackface Performance, Morse (Unclear If It Was The First Owner Lewis Morse) And Clark In A Piano Act, Performances By May Archer And Billy Carr, And An Unknown Amount Of PhotoPlays. After Showing, Guests Were Invited To Dinner At A Hotel In Bristol By Theater Operators And Owners.

The Columbia Closed Its Doors For The Final Time And Placed On Sale On November 3, 1957 With A One-Day Showing Of James Stewart In “Night Passage”, William Holden In “Proud And Profame”, And An Unnamed Cartoon, By The Last Owner Bill Wilson, Who Operated The Theater Since 1951 And Is A Production Manager At Radio Station 1490 AM WOPI (Now An ESPN Radio Affiliate As “ESPN Tri-Cities”).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

The NRHP Registration Form for the Bristol Commercial Historic District says that the Columbia Theatre was designed by architect Thomas S. Brown, who practiced in Bristol from 1911 to 1915.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

The Columbia Theatre, opened in 1912 and closed in 1957, has been demolished.