the liberty theatre

best known for being the place where clayton "peg leg" bates was discovered in 1926, the liberty was the first movie and vaudeville theatre for black entertainers. The venue was a space for large meetings, traveling shows, and amateur nights, seating as many as 800. special shows were given for white audiences, as a few other theatres did for black patrons. not much is known about the liberty theatre, which is often confused with the "liberty theatre" at nearby camp sevier.