Handy Theatre being torn down

The long-abandoned W.C. Handy Theatre in South Memphis is finally coming down.

The city is demolishing the structure, which has been derelict for years. It was built in 1946 and, according to the office of Memphis City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert, included a stage and booth for small stage shows to capitalize on a hoped-for return of vaudeville.

It later hosted major acts during the 1950s and 1960s like Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and the Bar-Kays.

The hope from the city is that the tear-down will spur a revitalization in the area.

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