NORMAL  STUDIO 535 S. Highland

Opened 1932  .     Closed ???  .  Seats  400+.  Renamed STUDIO 1960s


The first listing for the NORMAL in the Memphis Directories is 1932 and it's listed continuously after that up to 1958.  We've not verified later dates.


Studio Circa 1960s



1940 Ad

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Stdio Ad


John A. Osborne MD 10/2011:  "... enjoyed the pics and history of the old Memphis theaters...I believe the Normal must have opened at least by the early thirties.  It was there when I started school (Messick 1934-1946) and used to go to the "Nickel Uproar" at the Normal every Wednesday after school.  The manager was a good man, last name Augustine.  Most days it cost a dime admission for kids.  He waited until I was about 14-15 and said "Jack, don't you think it's time you started paying adult admission?"  Soda-jerked at Normal Drugs during WWII and went to the theater when it closed at 10 PM to see the end of the current movie.  Incidentally, the first movie I ever saw was a double feature - a talkie with Buck Jones and a silent with Charlie Chaplin at the Madison with my grandfather". 



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