Paris Adult Theatre
Photo from the John Coursey collection
2434 Summer Ave|
|Record #29048 |
Opened: November 7, 1940|
Capacity: 1014 seats|
Architect(s): Claude Northern
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Luciann|
Information for this tour was contributed by Vincent Astor.
Michael Cianciolo built The Luciann in 1939-40, his son Augustine ran it. The Luciann is named after sisters Lucy Cianciolo and Ann Cianciolo Angelo.
In 1958 it became a bowling alley; in 1966 it became a night club called "The Party" which was very popular with Memphis Sound artists and the public. The Luciann perhaps had the first lighted dance floor in the city.
In the early 1970s it was sold to the Paris Adult Group and for a number of years the concrete "Luciann" was covered by plywood. About one quarter of the auditorium was being used for adult films in 2011, with a few of the "venetian blind" side lights still intact and some architectural details. Therefore, technically, there is still one screen operating under the Paris management.
The exterior is amazingly well preserved as opposed to many other former neighborhood theatres in Memphis.
Another Cianciolo operation, the Rosemary Theatre, was named for the third daughter, Rosemary. It did not survive the 1960s.
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July 2011 photos from the Vincent Astor collection.
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Photos from the John Coursey collection.
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Last featured 4/5/2008. Last edited 8/14/2011.
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