Beale Street Cinema
380 Beale Street,
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Previous Names: Towne II, Muhammad Ali Towne II Cinema
Located on Beale Street at S. 4th Street. Originally opened on June 20, 1975 as the Towne II, although a second screen was never added. In late-1976 Muhammed Ali’s name was added as a later investor. The building stood on the corner of 5th Street and Beale Street.
I remember walking down Beale Street in 1976 or 1977, before Beale Street was "renovated", and though the street was otherwise almost deserted, there were two open movie theaters, the Muhammad Ali Towne II Cinema, and the New Daisy Theatre. The old Daisy Theatre was closed at the time. The Muhammad Ali Town II Cinema was by far the newest building on Beale Street at the time. It was the first only African-American built and operated movie theatre on Beale Street. On August 22, 1980 it was renamed Beale Street Cinema, opening with Dudley Moore in “Wholly Moses” & Tomisaburo Wakayama in “Shogun Assassin 2:Lightning Swords of Death” (aka Lone Wolf and Cub:Baby Cart to Hades). It was closed in 1981.
It has been a nightclub for many years, operated by George Miller, but it had an unfortunate reputation and he died in 2014. It was closed in March 2019 as a public nuisance. It was demolished in 2019, and replaced by a hotel.
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