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Isn’t the Belle Meade Theatre now the site of a Harris-Teeter grocery store?
The last operator was General Cinema. I was the manager of the Lee from early 1985 to 1988. Kenny, I was there during Aliens and Blue Velvet. Many people wanted to buy the 5 huge riverboat type chandeliers, the portrait of General Lee and the matching victorian love seats in the 2 story glass fronted lobby. Also, it was the only theatre that I know of that had a copper concession stand.
Gould’s took over the area that was the Starbuck’s Cafe in Bookstar, the theatre itself is now getting ready for the grand opening of Osaka Japan restaurant.
Jack…..the informtion about the demolitiion is incorrect…it was demolished after the ice storm that Memphis had in 1994. The building still had water service and the pipes burst flooding the building all the way up to street level. GCC left the building in the early 80’s and Bunch Hirsch ran the theatre as a second run house for about 2 years. It sat vacant and boarded up until it was demolished