Time Theatre

108 W. Madison Street,
Memphis, MO 63555

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Architects: Al Hauetter

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Kinney Opera House, Kinney Theatre, New Theatre, Majestic Theatre

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Time Theatre

Opened in late-January 1894 as the Kinney Opera House. It became the Kinney Theatre and in 1917 it was renamed New Theatre. In 1918 it became the Majestic Theatre showing silent movies and live theatre. By 1930 the Majestic Theatre was showing sound movies.

In 1939 the theatre was gutted and modernized to the design of Al Hauetter of Kansas City, MO. The new theatre was reopened on September 4, 1940 as the Time Theatre with seating listed at 400. The reopening movie was Melvyn Douglas in “He Stayed for Breakfast”. The Time Theatre was open into the late-1960’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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SethG on March 29, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Either the description or the address or both are wrong. The Majestic is shown on the 1921 Sanborn at 108 W Madison. It has long been demolished, judging by the busted pavement in front of the fire station that occupies part of the lot it was on. On the map, the Majestic is listed as having 500 seats. The map does not show the bay windows on the building in the photo, but none of the buildings either on the map or still existing which have two bays are on a corner.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on March 30, 2019 at 4:14 pm

When I was in Memphis, I looked for this theater and couldn’t find anything that looked like this theater. I presumed that it had been demolished.

50sSNIPES on February 9, 2024 at 3:03 pm

The Kinney Opera House opened in late-January 1894. It had several names throughout its earlier days. It was once known as the Kinney Theatre before briefly renaming it the New Theatre in 1917. It officially became the Majestic Theatre in 1918.

The Majestic Theatre was gutted in the Spring of 1940 and was quickly modernized to Al Hauetter of Kansas City, Missouri’s design. The theater reopened as the Time Theatre on September 4, 1940 with Melvin Douglas in “He Stayed For Breakfast” along with a newsreel and several shorts (one of which is the patriotic short “The Flag Speaks”).

The Time Theatre is still open in the late-1960s, although its closing date was not known yet at this time.

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