U.S. Naval Air Station Memphis Base Theater
Bougainville Street & Hornet Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Navy Motion Picture Service
The theater had pillars and steps on the entrance that faced Bougainville Street and was on the entire block between Hornet Avenue and Indianapolis Avenue. A wing was attached to each side of the theater. Theater buildings like this were built on navy bases all over the USA during World War Two. The building was on the north side of Navy Road on the same side as the airfield. The barracks, aviation schools, galley etc. were located south of Navy Road. In the 1960’s no civilian clothes were allowed on the base and when the movie was over all these sailors and marines (the marines are part of the navy SEMPER FI) would all be crossing Navy Road to get “home” to the barracks, it was really a sight!
Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis which is 16 miles North of Memphis was home to Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) (Aviation Schools). In 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission transferred the airfield to the City of Millington and it first became Millington Municipal Airport and is now Millington Regional Jetport. The aviation schools went to NAS Pensacola, Florida. The name of the rest of the naval base (that is non-airfield) is Naval Support Activity Mid-South. More than 7,500 military, civilian, and contract personnel are assigned/work on the base. It is home of the Navy Personnel Command and Navy Recruiting Command which used to be in Washington D.C. It has over 30 tenant commands. It is one of the largest single employers in the state of Tennessee.
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