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.