Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge returning to original location

Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge returning to original location

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The first show in their original building is scheduled for Thursday, October 4. The first show in their original building is scheduled for Thursday, October 4.
"It's wonderful, but I'm scared trying to come back, trying to do it again," Dee Gallon said. "It's wonderful, but I'm scared trying to come back, trying to do it again," Dee Gallon said.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A popular theatre on the Parkway in Sevier County is re-opening in a place where was located for more than two decades.

Memories Theatre was shut down two years ago after developers planned to knock it down to build a new attraction.

The theatre was on the parkway for decades, but it had to move down the road to a smaller venue when the owners of the Titanic Museum began planning an expansion, an attraction called Water Magic.

Now, those plans have been scrapped so Memories Theatre is returning home.   

Memories owner Dee Gallon says in the past few months, they've had to start from scratch. When they moved out, everything inside was sold.

"It was totally gutted," Gallon said. "We had nothing, and even more to our surprise when we came in nothing that was left could be used. It all had to be discarded and start over again."

They had to replace all the seats, rebuild the stage, and re-do all the wiring, including putting in new air conditioning units.

The price tag has been steep, but Gallon says she feels it will be worth it. "It's wonderful, but I'm scared trying to come back, trying to do it again."

The first show in their original building is scheduled for Thursday, October 4.

Gallon says all the performers and many of her employees have stuck by her through this transition.

"It's home," said operations manager Robin Coehick. "My kids grew up here, made tons of friends. This is where half of my life has been spent."

Gallon says she wanted to make sure she wouldn't have to leave again so she has signed a new lease keeping Memories Theatre here for the next 16 years.

She says the show will continue to amaze. In fact, "It's going to be better."

Gallon picked October 4 to re-open the theatre because that's the date she originally opened in 1990. That was 23 years ago.

Gallon had to take a mortgage out on her own home to help pay for all the renovations.

She said at their other location, off the parkway, they never made a profit.

The refurbished theater will only have 500 seats, 300 less than what the original theater had when it closed.

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