|Mid-SouthThe Push Is On To Save Historic Memphis Venue
Posted: April 13, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — There is an effort to prevent demolition of the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. A public meeting Thursday night at Memphis Heritage will gauge support.
The Coliseum was built in 1964 and has a place in the city's integration. Architectural historian Judith Johnson told The Commercial Appeal it was the first venue that wasn't built with separate restrooms for blacks and whites.
The Beatles played the coliseum in 1966. Pro wrestler Jerry Lawler's celebrated match against comedian Andy Kaufman played out there in 1983.
Local film maker Mike McCarthy says he hopes the discussion isn't a mere "sentimental romp" about what people have seen at the coliseum and asks what the building could be used for.
Non-compete agreements and access for disabled people limit its use.