1321 S. 49th Street,
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Previously operated by: A.M. Ellis Theaters Co,
Architects: David Supowitz
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Yocum Theatre, Lincoln Theatre
The Yokum Theatre began as a nickelodeon. It was renamed Lincoln Theatre reopening on February 14, 1911 as a movie and vaudeville house. Following a redo in 1924 it was renamed Doris Theatre. It was a typical neighborhood movie house. In 1939 it was remodeled to the plans of architect David Supowitz. From May 27, 1942 it was operated by the A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. chain. I recall going there in the 1940’s and during that time it was segregated.
The Doris Theatre was closed by A.M. Ellis Theaters Co. on May 25, 1950 with William Holden in “Dear Wife”. The vacant building was sold in 1952 and became a truck garage.
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