177 S. Main St  .  318 Beale

ODEON is listed in the 1907-1908 Memphis Directory at 177 S. MainThe Manager was H. Bigler and N. F. Downey in 1908.  Seats 200

is listed in the 1909 Memphis Directory at 177 S. Main with H. Wade as manager.

COLUMBIA is listed in the 1910 Memphis Directory at 177 S. Main with C. E. Denton as manager.  It is listed later in the 1914 Directory at 318 Beale. 

MAJESTIC #4 is listed at 177 S. Main in the 1912 Memphis Directory.


Odeon - Billboard List 1908

 Theatre location today

Dreamland -Billboard 1908

Columbia-Billboard 1909 


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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