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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.
Looked much better with the old marquee, but at least its still in business.
Is this going to be at the LOEWS JERSEY it does not say on the post listed above?
You comments are so right Indiana Theater, most people do not have a clue to the costs and labor involved in cleaning and maintenance of a large space as a theater.They think that the owner is getting rich off the box office and concessions.They do not know that most theater owners are in it for the love of it and not the money. Good luck to you hope you can keep thinks going.
This could also be listed as the Famous Adult Theater or the Famous Porno Theater.
You can take the Loews name off the theater, but most people will call it that anyway.The Sears Tower is still called Sears although they have nothing to do with it anymore.
Marcus Loew had it going on.So did his buddy William Morris.
We always called them “Candy Girls” NO guys worked the stands in those days for us.
Mike you ought to write a book about this theater. Well you almost have with all the posts on this site.If you post any pictures let me know.
Mike I also met my wife to be in 1979 at the Loews Crescent,she came to work there at the concession manager.She worked for Ogden food services who ran our stands.We had some employees that worked for Ogden and Loews so some got two checks a week.Or in those days Loews hourly employees got paid in cash although we would take out taxes and S.S.We would pay them out of Friday night receipts.I got a check every two weeks as I was on a salary.
Church street Center was built on this site it was going to be the next big thing it was a bust.It only lasted about 20 years and was torn down. Our main Nashville Library is there now, it faces up Capitol Blvd. looking at the State Capitol Building. Just like the Loews Vendome did.
Just checked this link it worked.Thanks Lost Memory.
Nice to see that it is still there.
Good site great color pic from 1986.
Great color shot of the 46th marquee Jerry Lewis visit. First time I have seen pictures on the post without going to other links to find then. Very cool.