Theater in Lawrenceburg, TN.
About this theater (written by me for an architectural history class):
"Art Deco theaters in Tennessee reflect a vernacular interpretation of the large-scale chain theaters that existed in many larger towns in the United States, such as New York and Los Angeles. They had the same allure and attraction, but the style was toned down and the size of the theaters was in proportion to the buildings that they adjoined and were built near. This interpretation reflected the town’s style and the wants of the community. They wanted a beautiful building with a fancy façade and with the entertainment abilities and amenities of the large-scale theaters.
Regarding the interior of the Crockett theater:
"The interior also exhibits the Art Deco style. Its décor
includes the 1950s snack bar and the restrooms feature Art Deco etched
glass signs. Inside the lobby leading to the hall are three elliptical
steps, also in pink and gray terrazzo, and on the walls are three sets
of pink metal elliptical handrails. Three additional steps lead up to
three sets of wooden doors marking the entrance of the hall.
Inside the hall are pink walls accented by framed red pilasters capped by the rosette motif, and with molding also featuring the rosette motif running the length of the building. The hall contains amazingly over 1,000 of the original 1,200 seats. They are thought to be covered with the original upholstery. Echoing the rosettes on the wall are the large round light fixtures painted pink and red. Like many other theaters of this time, Crockett has a stage used for various performances and still has the original curtains. There are also two staircases that lead to the balcony also designed with Art Deco rosettes and pilasters."
Today the theater is used for plays, pageants, and concerts.
This is my childhood theater. I saw Superman and ET here. It was one the most exciting experiences to see a movie here. I loved to sit in the balcony and I believe they used to have a "quiet" room. Our modern day theaters could still use this feature!