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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

First "Talkies"

 
 
First "Talkies" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
1. First "Talkies" Marker
Inscription.  Parking can be fun, but not as fun as a show at Loew's Palace, where "talking movies" debuted in Memphis in 1928. The theater, where Harry Houdini and others performed in the 1920s, was razed in the 1980s.
 
Erected 2003 by Center City Commission. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee, Memphis, Center City Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 8.598′ N, 90° 3.254′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Union Avenue east of South Front Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Grisham (within shouting distance of this marker); Farnsworth Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Cotton Exchange Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Opera House Fire
First "Talkies" plaque is on sidewalk in middle of photo. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. First "Talkies" plaque is on sidewalk in middle of photo.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Union Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Barboro Grocery (within shouting distance of this marker); Promenade (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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