Horne Theatre

4305 Chapman Highway,
Knoxville, TN 37920

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There was a Horne Theatre on Chapman Highway located near the northwest corner of Chapman Highway and Young High Pike. It was opened on January 16, 1947 and closed on September 1, 1956 with a seating capacity of 600.

I do remember the building after it had been closed for some time. It was a typical post WWII suburban move theatre built with cinder block and painted white. I do remember the faded name “Horne” painted on the north side of the building.

My father told me that Sam Horne built both the theatre and the Horne Drive-In that was located futher down the highway.

Contributed by Tim Burns

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bbrown1 on August 14, 2007 at 1:50 am

Do you know if the Horne Theatre and Horne Drive In were open at the same time or did the drive in open after the walk in theatre closed?

fergusmacivor on August 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Samuel H. Horne was a local entrepreneur involved in various businesses, including automobile and implement sales, a body shop, installation of kitchens, and a realty company. He lived on a wooded property in South Knoxville not far from the Chapman Highway location. The theatre was managed by a Mr. Seay, whose daughter sold tickets. It was a nondescript third run neighborhood house which mainly ran mid-level studio product. I lived a few blocks away and in high school in the mid-1950s often walked up on week nights to catch the 7:00 show. Ten or fewer patrons seemed to be an average house for this time slot. I can’t remember by name a single film I saw there but I do remember they once goosed up the box office by bringing in a third-rate magician with a very cheesy show (stuff like a fake skeleton on a wire that jumped out into the audience) who packed the house for two successive days. After the theatre closed, the Horne Drive In opened (in 1958) in an undeveloped area further up Chapman Highway. It was managed by Max Goldberg and Film Daily Yearbook still shows it as operating in 1970. The South side of the theatre building became Horne Apartments, designed in the style of two story economy motels.

tntim on May 12, 2018 at 1:31 am

The Horne Theatre opened January 16, 1947. The opening ad has been posted in the photo section. Sam Horne also opened the Horne Drive-In further south on Chapman Hwy (US 441) in 1953, and both venues operated until the Horne Theatre closed on Sept.1,1956. The building was converted into a roller rink in 1958.

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