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The “Empress” Opens

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On this day in 1912, The Empress Theater was set to open at 418 Frederica St and was built exclusively for movies. Ownership changed over the years and the name changed around 1941 to The Malco Theater. It was remodeled and on November 17, 1949 became The Center Theater until 1967. After another major remodel, the building opened as The …

The Executive Inn

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In 1977, Bob Green opened the Executive Inn Rivermont at the foot of Cedar Street. It was the second largest convention center in the state at that time. The Showroom Lounge started hosting big-name entertainment from Nashville, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Keith Urban, Billy Ray Cyrus, and former┬áBeatle George Harrison were just a few …