Here’s a bit of street art to gaze upon at the corner of Park Avenue and Airways Boulevard in the heart of Orange Mound. Looks like the once glorious, art moderne styled W.C. Handy Theater ( Handy, an Alabama-bred, famous Memphis musician is credited as being the father of the blues) will be renovated. Something is brewing and it seems positive. Maybe progress to this oft-forgotten neighborhood is on its way and that warms my heart. More about the theatre:

The W. C. Handy Theatre was built in 1946, in the brief post-World War Two era when it was thought that vaudeville might return. Consequently the W. C. Handy Theatre was built with a stage and booth equipped for small stage shows as well as movies.

This theater was built for Memphis’ black community during the regrettable era of segregation.

The architect was Raymond B. Spencer who designed a handsome dog-leg plan than also included a row of store-fronts. The single story lobby opened into the adjacent storefront which was a “milk bar” and doubled as the theater’s concession stand.

Source: Cinema Treasures, Written by William Dunklin

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