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JackCoursey commented about Cinema 16 on May 4, 2005 at 4:37 pm

The Avondale Mall Cinema 16 address is 3604 Memorial Dr 30032. The theatre was built in what was formally a Macys store. It opened in 1997 and promptly closed 3 years later.

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JackCoursey commented about Towne Cinema on May 4, 2005 at 12:07 pm

I’ll say it’s about 98% certain that they are one and the same. Avondale Estates, which is theoretically Decatur, is relatively small, both geographically and demographically, and not well suited for more than one theatre. Also although there currently is no Main St listed in Avondale Estates, it is possible that Avondale Rd was at one point Main St.

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JackCoursey commented about Coronet Theater on May 3, 2005 at 7:19 pm

The Coronet was part of the Eastern Federal chain. It opened in 1969 and closed in 1980. It’s address was 630 Peachtree St NE 30380.

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JackCoursey commented about East Point Theatre on May 3, 2005 at 7:13 am

Thank you for your findings and comments. My lament is not with any individual or resource, but with the lack of a standard in street addressing. This matter with the East Point is by no means unique. I have encountered incidences in which both the street number and street name have changed, but the all the structures residing on the spot remain. It’s in incidence like these one gains an understanding of like Melville’s Billy Budd emotion upon the discover that his map, though a true and precise guide at the time it was written, could provide no direction to the subsequent generations which had come of age since its initial release. In my own research, I go with the current address (for geo coding) and record any other addresses under historical data. Hopefully this geo-coding will spare future generations of budding researchers of having to incur this dilemma.

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JackCoursey commented about Madison Theatre on May 2, 2005 at 6:14 pm

The seating I quoted was from an article on the restoration of the theatre and what the projected seating would be once the project was complete. I’ll go with the FDY on this one.

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JackCoursey commented about East Point Theatre on May 2, 2005 at 6:05 pm

This thing with the renumbering of streets is an on going hassle. I was a regular patron of the East Point from the early 1960s up until it was leveled. When I came upon this disparity of address, I yanked up every directory I could find during a last visit to Atlanta a few weeks ago and checked it our with a couple of area natives. Consensus at this point is for the 1493 Jefferson. Jefferson Ave is only a couple of miles long and runs from 1071 to 1598, nothing in the 3 digits range. The natives say that the town only had 2 theatres: Fairfax and the Russell (aka East Point) and think that the Church St address might belong to the Fairfax.

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JackCoursey on Apr 14, 2005 at 7:03 pm

The Circle happened to be a venue for live theatre rather than film. The Circle theatre company is still performs in the Nashville area.

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JackCoursey commented about Woodbine Theatre on Apr 8, 2005 at 8:12 pm

Both the Woodbine and the Centre theater on Thompson Rd were apparently part of a large complex then known as the Navy Separation Center on Thompson Road. I made a visit to this area on Tuesday. Both theaters have been demolished. A bank now resides where the Woodbine once stood and a Nissan dealership blankets the ground where the Centre was anchored.

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JackCoursey commented about Center Theatre on Apr 8, 2005 at 8:06 pm

Listed as “The Centre” in the entertainment section of the November 26,1947 edition of the Nashville Good News Weekly. Both the Centre and the Nolensville Rd Woodbine were apparently part of a large complex then known as the Navy Separation Center on Thompson Road. I made a visit to this area on Tuesday. Both theaters have been demolished. A bank now resides where the Woodbine once stood and a Nissan dealership blankets the ground where the Centre was anchored.

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JackCoursey commented about Capri Twin Theatre on Mar 31, 2005 at 6:33 pm

This one is headed for the wreaking ball. A new Sprall Mart is slated to be built on the site were what remains of the mall resides.

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JackCoursey commented about Oldham Theater on Mar 25, 2005 at 5:27 pm

I’ve haven’t been able to locate this theatre in either the Flim Daily Yearbook or IMPA. Does anyone know what year the Oldham opened and how many it seated?

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JackCoursey commented about Prytania Theater on Mar 22, 2005 at 7:18 pm

Attended a screening of Wings Of The Dove here when I was student at Tulane. Without doubt, one of, if not the best venue for screening foreign and art films in the United States. The theater is intimate and comfortable. The auditorium is equipped with a small balcony and a shadow box screen. Worth the price of admission just to go in and view this marvel.
Does anyone know of any sites with interior and exterior photos of the Prytania?

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JackCoursey commented about Glen Art Theatre on Mar 21, 2005 at 8:20 pm

Was the original auditorium entirely gutted or is it hidden behind sheetrock and drapes? The interior of the theatre looks a bit drab and uninviting.

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JackCoursey commented about Cinema South 4 on Mar 14, 2005 at 8:37 pm

The recently razed Outer Limit resided at 3758 Nolensville Rd. Pretty sure this is the corret address in that club strongly resembled a 70s style twin theatre.

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JackCoursey commented about Cinema North 6 on Mar 14, 2005 at 8:21 pm

I have a listing from an old Polk directory for a Cinema North at 703 Two Mile Parkway. The 4030 Nolensville Pike address matches up for the closed Carmike Harding Mall 6 (aka Barnabas Cinemas). Was Cinema North the orginal name of the Harding Mall cinema?

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JackCoursey commented about Capri Twin Theatre on Mar 14, 2005 at 7:38 pm

Was this theatre later expanded to become the Harding Mall 6 or did it exist elsewhere in the Harding Mall?

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JackCoursey commented about Fifth Avenue Theatre on Mar 10, 2005 at 8:07 pm

There was also a Rex Theatre located in this same area. Is it possible that these theatres are the same?

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JackCoursey commented about Grove Theater on Mar 10, 2005 at 7:42 pm

The theatre website is http://www.thegrovetheater.com/index.php

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JackCoursey commented about W. C. Handy Theatre on Mar 7, 2005 at 8:03 pm

There is a W C Handy Cultural Renaissance Theater at 3475 Central Ave. Is this the same place?

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JackCoursey commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 7, 2005 at 7:52 pm

Did this theatre ever go by the name Woodbine? I found a listing for a theatre with an address of 302 Wilburn St, which is in the same geo area as 827 Meridian St.

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JackCoursey commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 7, 2005 at 7:22 pm

The vintage section of the Grannis Photography website (http://grannisphotography.com/)contains photos of many of the old downtown theatres along some shots of a few in the outlining area of Nashville.

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JackCoursey commented about Varsity Theatre on Mar 7, 2005 at 7:06 pm

The only Varsity Theatre that I have found a listing for is located at 705 N. Dixie Ave, Cookeville, TN. There is a Cine Theatre on University Plaza Drive in Martin, but I don’t think that it was ever called the Varsity.

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JackCoursey commented about Mall Cinema III on Feb 4, 2005 at 8:56 pm

This theatre was also known as the Hickory Hollow Cinema as well as the Bell Road Cinema.

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JackCoursey commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 4, 2005 at 7:22 pm

The address for the Capitol is 110 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN 37087. One record I came across states the theatre opened in 1961 and closed in the 1980s, but it’s architecture suggest that the theatre was probally constructed during the mid 1950s.

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JackCoursey commented about Plaza Cinema on Jan 23, 2005 at 5:26 pm

This theatre apparently was leveled sometime ago. The Hillwood Plaza is in very poor shape and has only a handful of tenets. None of the existing structures even faintly resemble a cinema.