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Tiptonville, TN: Strand Theatre Opening Friday

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 2:08 PM

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The Strand Theatre in Tiptonville, Tennessee showed movies from 1915 until 1965, and it will be reopening Friday, May 17, 2024.

The news was announced in a press release issued in March on the theater's new website (see full text below) from the new owners and the Tiptonville Main Street Association:

After an extensive renovation and preservation of the historic Art-Deco theatre, the Tiptonville Main Street Association along with the Watts Family, current owners of the 102-year-old Princess Theatre of Lexington, have partnered to bring the most-current Blockbuster Hollywood releases to the Strand Theatre’s BIG SCREEN!

Renovations on the Strand Theatre included: Brand-new state-of-the-art Digital Cinema Projection equipment, a new 26-foot-wide CinemaScope movie screen, and the trademark Dolby Digital Cinema Surround Sound System, while keeping the historic feel of walking back in-time to a 1940s-era Art Deco Theatre.

While no exact date was mentioned, it does say that they are hoping to open "in the Spring of 2024." Until then, moviegoers in the area will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters, except that the nearest movie theaters are the Kennett Palace Theater in Kennett, Missouri and the Malco Sikeston Cinema and Grill in Sikeston, Missouri (both are more than 30 miles away).

May 15, 2024 Update: The theater will be opening May 17, 2024 -- showtimes are now available!

Showtimes

To see what's playing and when, keep an eye on the Showtimes page for the Strand Theatre.

Press Release

Strand Theatre of Tiptonville to Re-open as First-Run Movie Theatre!

March 24, 2024
 
For Immediate Release
 
Tiptonville, Tennessee

Movies on the BIG SCREEN - are returning to the Reelfoot Region! The Strand Theatre of Tiptonville first operated as the local motion-picture house from 1915-1965. Over the years, the building had been repurposed and has not shown first-run movies since that time. After an extensive renovation and preservation of the historic Art-Deco theatre, the Tiptonville Main Street Association along with the Watts Family, current owners of the 102-year-old Princess Theatre of Lexington, have partnered to bring the most-current Blockbuster Hollywood releases to the Strand Theatre’s BIG SCREEN!

Renovations on the Strand Theatre included: Brand-new state-of-the-art Digital Cinema Projection equipment, a new 26-foot-wide CinemaScope movie screen, and the trademark Dolby Digital Cinema Surround Sound System, while keeping the historic feel of walking back in-time to a 1940s-era Art Deco Theatre. The Theatre will tentatively open in the Spring of 2024. It will showcase current movie releases and will be serving-up the beloved theatre popcorn, caramel popcorn, candy favorites, and soft drinks! – As a plus, movie concession items can be purchased to-go, anytime the doors are open, without having to purchase a movie ticket. Movie showtimes will be Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. More days for showtimes may be added in the future.

“When we started endeavoring to expand, we toured several towns across the Mid-South. Upon arriving in Tiptonville, we met Marcia Mills of the Tiptonville Main Street Association and Executive Director of the Reelfoot Area Chamber of Commerce. It did not take very long for us to know that Tiptonville is where we wanted to be. Tourism and economic development go hand-in-hand, in profiting for a community. Tiptonville’s warm and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with the hospitality and excellent customer service shown at the local retailers and restaurants, were key factors in making this decision. There is no-better way to spend a Friday night than coming to Tiptonville for ‘Dinner and a Movie!’”– Weston Watts, past Vice-President of the Mid-South Theatre Convention, Operator – Strand Theatre of Tiptonville and Princess Theatre of Lexington.

Since 1969, three generations of the Watts family have been in the family entertainment business. The grandfather of the family Doug Watts, briefly lived in Tiptonville as a child. He was the long-time owner of The Skating Place of Milan and Magic Wheels Skating Center of Jackson.

Mr. Doug also played an active role in the renovations of both the Princess Theatre of Lexington in 2015, and the Strand Theatre over the last nine months.

The new Strand Theatre operation plans to hire 4-6 part-time employees. Employment applications can be found at StrandTheatreTiptonville.com, as well as photos and videos of the renovation results. Be sure to follow their social media pages, subscribe to their email list, and check StrandTheatreTiptonville.com for updates on the new showtimes!



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