Amuse U Theatre

253 North Main Street,
Memphis, TN 38103

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The block between Poplar and Exchange facing Main.

Nickelodeon open from about 1909 to around 1910. Had a lite sign which read “AMUSE 5c”. Angelso Barrasso was the proprietor, he also owned Anuse U Soft Drinks at 123 South 4th Street.

The buildings which stood on this site were demolished, and a block of Exchange Avenue absorbed for the construction of the Cook Convention Center - address 255 N. Main Street - which opened in 1974.

Contributed by Chief Bob Jensen

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Trolleyguy on May 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

I think it would be safe to list status as “demolished.”

vastor on May 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

From elsewhere on the internet:

“The Amuse U opened c. 1913 . Closed c. 1910 The AMUSE U, a Nickelodeon, is listed in the 1909 and 1910 Memphis Directories. Angelo Barrasso is listed as the Proprietor of Amuse U Theatre in the 1910 Directory. (He was also proprietor of Amuse U Soft Drinks at 123 S. 4th) The Amuse U name is used again in 1933 for 1 year at 2424 Chelsea."

If the Amuse U Theatre was at 253 N Main St it was on the opposite side of Main from the business with the sign “Amuse” which shows in the post card photo associated with the above reference. The Theatorium/Majestic was next to the “Dinstuhl’s” sign which is on the EVEN side of Main St. (at 158 N. Main) the same side as the “Amuse” sign. They cannot be the same theatre if the above address is correct. The Hotel Read, also in the photo, has an address of 146 N. Main according to its entry on the same website. The “Amuse” sign appears to be on the Hotel Read building at 146 N. Main.

vastor on May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The postcard may be viewed at which is the First Majestic #1 (North Main).

vastor on June 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

According to Sanborn Fire Maps, 253 N Main was near Exchange St, north of Main and Washington where the Hotel/Amuse Theatre was (in the postcard view). No photos have come to light of the Amuse U theatre.

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