Gatlinburg Theatre

570 East Parkway,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema

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Gatlinburg Theatre

The Gatlinburg Theatre had a lot of the trappings of a Jerry Lewis Cinema, very late-1960’s early-1970’s design. The last known owner of the cinema was the Tennessee based Reel Theatres chain. If you have any information on this theatre please update.

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on October 23, 2006 at 3:10 pm

A friend of mine grew up in Gatlinburg. She sent the following reminiscence:

The Gatlinburg Cinema was first the Jerry Lewis Cinema, and I remember well when it opened. Living above it in Rattlesnake Hollow, my sister and I thought it was pretty cool not only to have a movie theater in town (we always had to go to knoxville before then to see movies) but to be able to walk to it —wow.

Our dad walked us down the hill to the very first movie, “The Cowboys” with John Wayne. I remember feeling very adult because they
said the word “shit” in it.

I also remember when the mysterious “The Exorcist” showed there because we would monitor the crowds, like it was a big event.

The same movie would play for a couple of weeks, I guess.

I do remember going to some sort of monster show in 7th grade, I think. It was more of a live, theater thing, supposed to be very scary. It didn’t scare me and I was disappointed.

The floors were indeed sticky.

Everything was red I think.

Popcorn to the left. Two entrances.

Patsy on December 31, 2009 at 2:49 am

I can’t believe that a theatre in, of all places, Gatlinburg TN is not open as this mountain community is a major tourist area!

TLSLOEWS on June 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

No it is closed Patsy.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I bet the locals stay out of the tourist trap and the vistors don’t want to waste time in a theatre.Gatlinburg has gone down down hill,it could take a look at Hilton Head and see how to do it right.They have ruined the Smokeys.

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