Arizonan Theatre

4544 S. 6th Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85714

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Located on the south side of Tucson. The Arizonan Theatre was opened August 11, 1950. It was destroyed by a fire on May 4, 1954.

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Tucsonman on September 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

It opened on August 11th, 1950; I’ve got the grand opening ad here:

Tucsonman on September 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

This aerial shows that it burned down no later than 1958:

dallasmovietheaters on July 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

On August 11, 1950 the Arizonan Theatre opened with “Francis, the Talking Mule.” Had Francis been there on May 4, 1954, he would have shouted “Fire” and saved the building. But he wasn’t and the $61,000 theater was consumed by an apparent gas explosion. There was nothing really left so the theater’s final screenings were May 3, 1954 with “Charge of the Lancer!” and “The Wild One.”

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