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Mike you may not know that Nashville has the worst drivers in America. If it just rains everything goes crazy and when it snows look out!!!!!And yes I still have some James Bond 1-sheets, and some lobby banners.The Loews Crescent always had exclusives on the Bond, Rocky,Woody Allen, Pink Panther flicks. we would have done much less business if we ran day and date as no one would come downtown and pay to park if the movies were showing anywhere else.I think Loews paid much higher prints fees for the arrangement.
Lost Memory, thats some funny stuff, in this day of politically correctness I am glad that I did not have to install the letters on that marquee in Atlanta,they did not even let the black actors in “Gone with the Wind” at the “ World Premier” in 1939 as posted above.If there were any protests it only helped at the box office.People got to see what was so bad about the movie.Thanks to the protesters.I worked one movie at the LOEWS CRESCENT that was protested in Nashville, Tennessee. An Al Pacino movie" Crusing"A local preacher was shown on the local news opening night, the next week we were swamped, until it died off it was a pretty bad movie.
Great pictures on this site the 1972 shot of the marquee shows a movie title that would not be used today. Interesting to see also that the Vertical sign was gone and the marquee had been replaced using the 70’s style LOEWS sign.
It good to see that its still open and looks the same.Cool looking Marquee and tower.
Like the name not much info the theater to be as old as it is.
Mike we also showed “Taxi Driver” at the Loews Crescent ran about 14 weeks. It did big business, maybe because at that time the Crescent got exclusive showing no one else in town had the movie.
so they had to come downtown to see the movie We also did that with the James Bond Movies,Pink Panthers and Rockys and many others.Longest run we every had was One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.26 weeks/half a year, it also went to the Loews Melrose and Madsion after it left the Crescent for 3 weeks.
Also Mike I was wondering did you ever have a day that you did not sell any tickets. One time we had a snow storm here in Nashville and the Loews Melrose and Madsion did not even sell 1 ticket. I would have to call Dallas every night from the Crescent to give them our receipts and concessions monies from our e houses here.They thought that I was joking about the $0 receipts. Also our counts from the Crescent that day we sold more concessions than box office they asked how that happened, well we were downtown and would pop our corn about rush hours and open the front doors to let the smell out.People would ask to come in and buy concessions. without
Mike we show an X rated version of Last Tango at the Loews Crescent, it I think sold 63 tickets that week and that was at 5 showings a day.We never did that again. Even the kung fu movies we showed every now and then did more business than it. Some times we would run the show to an empty house,pretty sad,we would run the movie without the carbon arcs on to save rods,we would call the booth to fire up the light if someone came in.Theres no business like no business!!!!!!
Cool story Mike, but how many tickets did they sell?
Mike we had a similar story at the Loews Madison, we started some Disney movie on a friday afternoon. The movie started off just great then when it came time for the second reel BAM it was the second reel of Patton.WE had to close for that afternoon until the correct reel came in.The reels must have come from a milti-plex and they messed up the reels in shipping. The only time I remember us having this problem though.Maybe your Patton reels caused of problem. This was sometime in the late 70"s.WE show the same Disney movie at the Loews Melrose but did not have this problem, we ran day and date with them.
No pictures too bad, will check out the Loews Arlinton site.
Nice 1986 photo,I do not know how it looked inside, but outside it wasn’t very attractive.
Nice 1984 photo, the neon LOEWS sign looked like the ones on the Loews Melrose in Nashville, Tennessee.
Great picture posted by Zack. The marquee looked great, different from most Loews marquees.
Another irony I just thought of is that many old theatres are now churchs. The Ryman the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” for many years was built as a church. There was even talk of tearing it down at one time after the Opry left. But it was fixed up and is still used for concerts. Even the “Grand Ole Opry” has their shows there every so often. What goes around comes around I guess.
Patsy it is funny that you said that I have lived in Nashville all my life and I have never been to the Grand Ole Opry. I have been to other shows at the Ryman and the “New” Opry house though.It a tourist thing most people that live here do not care much about the Opry.Johnny Cash used to bring his kids to the Loews Madsion almost every Saturday when he was in town and no one seemed to even notice him.
The Crescent theater had Cinerama in the late 50-s and early 60.s know as the Crescent Cinerama. 3-projectors in Nashville,Tennessee.This theater later went back to 2 projectors as the Loews Crescent. The Bellmeade Theater also showed 3- strip for a while. The only 2 in Nashville to do this.
Great slideshow kcfan, loved the this is not an exit sign.Hard to believe that this was a bowling alley for a while.
Mike you mentioned “CRUSING” in an earlier post we also opened this movie at the LOEWS CRESCENT on a friday it did not do much business that day. But a local preacher protested in front of the theater and got on the local news that night,it was great free advertising for us because we were slamed for about the next week, I guess people just had to see what was so bad about this movie, the trouble was the movie was bad and quickly died off.Sorry Al Pacino.
Mike you posts remind me of when we showed some dumb Kung Fu movie we showed the movie a whole week with 2 of the reels out of order and no body knew the difference or complained.Also when we showed “THE LAST WALTZ” a concert movie I called the booth to turn up the volume and the union man in the booth said no.Our city manager called the union the next day and we got the volume right for the rest of the run.LOUD.Did the same when we showed a PINK FLOYD movie.Those union guys thought they owned the place.
I do not know if this is some kind of record but I remember that we showed “One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest” for 26 weeks,half a year,them it moved to the Loews Melrose and Loews Madison for 3 more weeks.I must have seen the end of this movie at least a hundred times.We were still doing good business when we finally changed movies.
Nice to see thats its still being used after all this time.
The theater must be in a rough part of town. Sounds like bad planning.
Old porn cool.