AMUSE U 253 N. Main

The Amuse U opened around 1908  .   Closed  c. 1910   .  Seats

The AMUSE U, a Nickelodeon, is listed in the 1909 and 1910 Memphis Directories.  Angelso 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 opening date of 1908 is confirmed by the 1908 Billboard article below.

The Amuse U name is used again in 1933 for 1 year at 2424 Chelsea.

There may have been another theatre named simply "Amuse"



Billboard 1908


From Billboard 1907:  "...  Within the past twelve months the moving picture business has become quite a factor in the way of amusements in Memphis.  The first house of this sort to be opened in the city was the Theatorium, under the management of Mr. Dinstuhl, and in a short time no less than twenty of these theatres were scattered about the city.  By the introduction of singing and vaudeville acts with their moving pictures, the city imposed a license on these places of $400 per year, payable in advance.  The action put several smaller shows out of business, but those who remained included The Theatorium, The Amuse, Dixie,  Ruby, and The Odeon - all doing good business"



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