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1963 Riviera Theater fire on Gay Street

Ace news reporter and long-time WBIR-TV personality Jay Beeler managed to capture the 1963 Riviera Theater fire on Gay Street in Knoxville with his trusty 8mm home movie camera as it happened. The late Mr. Beeler filmed several historic news events over the years, and his amazing film collection has just been preserved by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, thanks to his daughter Kristi Beeler. The classic film Jason and the Argonauts, then a first-run feature, was playing at the Riviera at the time of the fire.