The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Decades Of Entertainment (Of One Sort Or Another): Former Luciann Theatre Closes

In December, the Commercial Appeal reported that the Paris Adult Theater on Summer Avenue in Memphis had closed.  Since the early 1970's, this building housed an establishment dedicated to what some call "adult" entertainment.  Prior to that, it served as a night club, and at one time a bowling alley.  When it opened in 1940, however, it was Memphis' newest movie neighborhood movie theater.  Named after the owner's two daughters, Lucy and Ann, its grand opening featured Virginia City starring Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins, as well as a Buster Keaton comedy, a short musical number with Woody Herman and His Orchestra, and a Donald Duck cartoon. 

Other than the previous owner's name still on the marquee, the exterior of the building has been largely untouched, and the LUCIANN on the front is still quite prominent.  Oh, what a wonderful thing it would be for someone to bring it back to its original grandeur.  I understand it is for sale. 

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