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His passing was covered on the front page of the Tennessean. The Crosstown is said to have the only contour curtain in the territory. The theater first opened as a movie theater and closed in 1941. Richard Lightman sought to calm the situation with the patron and keep the incident out of the news. Although he held a degree in engineering from , he thought of himself more as a showman and entertainer. On December 8, 1958, at age 67, M. The theater was used as a live production venue, including as a temporary home for , for many years until being converted back into a cinema and renamed the in 1966 by a new group of owners.

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Malco Theatres

malco theater tupelo ms

We haven't figured out all the combinations ourselves. It was in North Little Rock that Lightman partnered with M. Not long after the formation of Arkansas Amusement Enterprises, McWilliams and Clark left the partnership and bought the five El Dorado locations from the company. When Malco Theaters took over the building, the auditorium had a capacity of 1,200 patrons with two full balconies. . Malco also closed the New Theater in 1973 with the Temple Theater as the new Malco Quartet had opened a few miles away.

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Malco Theatres, Inc.

malco theater tupelo ms

Pruniski forming the Malco Amusement Company. The Malco began operations on April 20, 1940, with its first film It's a Date. We used to be a fairly good-sized chain, but it's getting down to six or seven dominant chains. It continued operations for 50 years until being closed in 1985. As a result, Malco Theatres purchased the gentleman a new suit.

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Malco Theatres, Inc.

malco theater tupelo ms

This opulent movie palace at 89 also became the base of operations for Malco Theatres until 1976. The premiere gala was sponsored by the Nineteenth Century Club. Lightman traveled to where he had made a contact in the theatre business and sought to learn the art of movie exhibition. They began building a theatre chain by buying and building single screen cinemas throughout Arkansas. Four of the auditoriums could seat 210 with the remaining two auditoriums seating 160. Every type of good picture -- with the exception of the nudies, of course -- will be brought in. Malco Theatres continued to operate The Crosstown until the mid-1970s.

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Malco Theatres

malco theater tupelo ms

The Ridgeway Four also became the location of Malco's corporate headquarters and continues to serve in that capacity. During the highly controversial period of integration in the South, Malco Theatres introduced integrated seating in their five Memphis theatres without any major incident. The Highland opened later that year and operated until the fall of 2005. The theater was included in the original building design as an 800-seat auditorium with a balcony, and was originally to be used for Masonic rituals. After leaving Northwest Alabama, M. In return, Lightman received a 50 per cent stake in a theatre in. The second quartet was three and a half miles away in the Clark Tower.

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Malco Theatres

malco theater tupelo ms

The theatre also had projection capability in its two 350 seat auditoriums. Three months later, Tony Sudekum, founder of Crescent Amusement Co. We will be one of the smaller chains. The Dillard Mall building is already completed and will be turned over to us in several weeks. Joseph Lightman 1924 Malco Theatres' history began during World War I when Morris A. The deal fell through when Commonwealth decided not to expand at that time. The new theater was gutted of all furnishings and fixtures when Malco sold the building, and it has remained vacant since although there have been a few investors attempt to remodel the building to its former glory.

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