301 S. Jefferson Street,
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Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company
Styles: Art Deco
The Liberty Theatre opened on November 1, 1920. Notable dates in the history of the Liberty Theatre were: 1954 when Cinemascope was installed, 1962 when the theater was desegregated and black patrons were no longer required to enter through a side door and sit in the balcony, 1965 when the Frisina chain’s booking of “Kitten With A Whip” stirred the conservative residents.
Wayne and Virginia bought the theater as a package deal with the Little Dixie Drive-In. The Robinsons shut down the drive-in and opened the Cinema 3 out on the edge of town, drawing the patrons from the Liberty. The last movie to play at the Liberty was “Night Shift” on September 30, 1982 and only drew a handful of patrons.
The Robinsons tried to keep the theater useful, but an organization they loaned it to trashed the interior beyond repair. A car dealer needed to expand with more parking, and the Robinsons were made an offer and took it. The theater was demolished in November of 1995.
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