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mp5239 commented about Martin Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 2:32 am

Bauhaus…you brought back some memories. I didn’t recall the rocking chairs in the Martin until you mentioned them. They were very comfortable. I went to a number of movies there.
I’ve never seen movies in the mega theatre; have bought gift certificates for a niece there. The building is quite a sight to see from I-65 at night with all its neon.

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mp5239 commented about Green Hills Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 2:29 am

The Green Hills was a fine movie house. Friends and I went there many times during high school/college days. I either saw “My Fair Lady” or “The Sound of Music” there..don’t recall which.

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mp5239 commented about Belcourt Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 2:27 am

“Does this restored theatre still have its 1925 Kimball organ?"
Patsy: Unfortunately there are NO theatre organs left in Nashville.
I’m sure the Kimball to which you referred was removed a long time ago. I never even saw a hint of it when I attended movies there back in the 60s.
The Kimball from the Knickberbocker did service at 1st Lutheran Church until installation of current organ in early 60s. The Paramount Wurlitzer was removed and scattered abroad.

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mp5239 commented about Melrose Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 2:23 am

The Melrose was very familiar to me. I attended many a movie there.
Indeed there was an ice cream shop either adjacent to or just a couple doors down from the theatre.
Melrose Bowling Lanes were at opposite end of the shopping center.
That part of the complex has been demolished.
Many Friday nights friends and I would watch a movie at the Melrose, then go to the ice cream parlor afterwards.
I bowled in a league at Melrose Lanes during high school. The place had lanes both upstairs and downstairs. At one time there was the “Melrose Grill” adjacent to the lanes. One could actually enter the bowling lanes from the restaurant. When I was small my family often had Sunday lunch at Melrose Grill..to the accompaniment of falling pins!

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mp5239 commented about Paramount Theatre on Jul 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm

I attended many shows at the Paramount. One unusual feature of the building was its entrance way at street level..and auditorium which was downstairs.

I do recall seeing the organ console, but by that time the instrument was silent. It was bought by someone who broke it up and scattered it to the four winds.

Although I’m a classical/church organist, I do enjoy good theatre organ music; it’s a shame that no venues for such exist in Nashville.

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mp5239 commented about Loew's Vendome Theatre on Jul 22, 2007 at 8:09 pm

I remember this theater well..especially the balconies on each side.

The Vendome burned in the late 60s…I think shortly after or maybe about the time I finished high school(1967).

I do recall the marquee advertising “THE DIRTY DOZEN…Hottest Picture in Town!” at time of the fire.

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mp5239 commented about Crescent Drive-In on Jul 22, 2007 at 8:07 pm

I remember the Crescent well. Its facade was a Nashville landmark. Althugh I barely remember it, my parents took me there to see “Snow White.”

During high school days(60s)friends and I attended many movies there.

I passed the Crescent on way to summer job during summers of ‘70 & '71. I know it was demolished sometime in the 70s; I lived out of state from '71-'89.

The Crescent was a Nashville institution whose passing I’m sure was
mounred by many.

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mp5239 commented about Fox Theatre on Jul 22, 2007 at 8:02 pm

I lived in the Atlanta area from 1971-89. Back in the early 70s I attended a number of movies at “The Fabulous Fox.” One of the Friday/Saturday night attractions was Bob Van Camp at the “Mighty Mo.” Its massive console rose from the orchestra as the organ roared to life, much to the delight of the audience. I remember how close Atlanta came to losing this treasure in the mid 70s. Last month the Fox opened one afternoon during American Guild of Organists regional convention. We got to hear “Mighty Mo” and see the auditorium in all its splendor..quite a treat for someone who hadn’t been there in a long time! It’s good to know that this architectural gem has been preserved.

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mp5239 commented about Belmont Theatre on Jul 22, 2007 at 7:58 pm

I don’t recall when the Belmont closed. I lived in Smyrna from 1971-89; know it closed a number of years before I left. I attended some movies there back in the early 70s.