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Capitol Theatre

926-28 E McLemore Ave
Memphis TN

Demolished 1989
Record #15433  
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: 1989
Capacity: 595 seats
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Current Organ: none
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Information for this tour was contributed by Gary L Flinn.

Two siblings, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, starting recording music in the former Capitol Theatre. The theater seats were removed and the stage area became the control room. The sloping floor of what would become Studio A stayed in place. That became part of the legend of Stax Records. After Stax went bust in 1976, a neighborhood church took possession of the building, but did nothing with it.

Sadly, the deteriorated building was torn down in 1989. But there is a happy postscript. Construction began in April 2001 on the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on the site, which features a replica of the former movie-theater-turned-world-famous-recording-studio and opened in May 2003.

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May 2003 photos from the Patrick Montier collection.

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