Opened 1940   .    Closed 1962  .  Seats 800   

Located on the South side of Madison Avenue just West of McLean.  In 1963 it was operating as a live venue known as Front Street Theater, even though it was a long way from Front Street. The bar/lounge upstairs under the balcony was a local talking point. By the early 1970s it had gone to porn - and not very high-class porn,  - and was limping along. It was closed for a while in the 70s.  In 1971 - 1975, the theatre's name was "Capri".  The Idlewild is listed in the 1940 through 1962 Memphis Directories. 


                              The Idlewild Theatre building was demolished ... March 20, 2018.



Collection Vincent Astor


Idlewild - Lobby

Idlewild - Ticket Booth


      Idlewild 2011

Demolition 2018

   1953 Ad 

1954 Ad

1955 Ad

Capri 1971


"...Idlewild was owned by Chalmers Cullins and his brother Edward" - Granddaughter Julie Best Erwin - 2011

"...and Nate Evans was a partner in the idlewild..."  - Gail Collins, Chalmers Cullins granddaughter -10/2011



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