IDLEWILD  . FRONT STREET THEATRE  . CAPRI  . 1819 Madison

                                        

Opened 1940   .    Closed 1962  .  Seats 800   

The concept of using vintage movie theatres as banquet halls appears to be a good way of preserving these gems.  The theater is 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 even very high-class porn, at that - and was limping along. It was closed for a while in the 70s.  In 1971 - 1975, the theatre's name was "Capri".  The building is still around. 

 

The IDLEWILD is listed in the 1940 through 1958 Memphis Directories.  We've not verified beyond that date. 

 

 

Collection Vincent Astor

Idlewild

Idlewild - Lobby

Idlewild - Ticket Booth

 

 

      Idlewild 2011

   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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