Bleak House: What’s going on with the Mid-South Coliseum

RICHARD J. ALLEY | WEDNESDAY, JULY 09, 2014

The future is bleak for the Mid-South Coliseum. Despite the nostalgia that surrounds it, the entertainment and civic venue faces almost certain demolition should the Tourism Development Zone take effect.

Elvis sang there. The Beatles played there. Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler pile-drove comedian Andy Kaufmanthere in 1983 in an infamous match that landed the two on national television with “Late Night with David Letterman.”

For several generations of Memphians, the Mid-South Coliseum was the center of the entertainment universe. Despite this status as a pop culture altar, its future is bleak. The Coliseum most certainly faces destruction, either quickly, by wrecking ball, or slowly, by neglect.

Read the full article by Richard J. Alley here http://www.highgroundnews.com/features/MidSouthColiseum070914.aspx

Photo: MRS. DON NEWMAN/MEMPHIS HERITAGE 2014 www.newmansmemphis.org

DON NEWMAN