Madison Square Theatre

729 Gallatin Pike S,
Nashville, TN 37115

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Madison Square Theatre interior today

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Built in 1969, and tucked behind the Madison Square Shopping Centre, this cavernous structure anchors a small collection of retailers surrounded by an ocean of asphalt. One area local recalled that this was the theater to see “Star Wars” during its initial run. It would be great to get this place cleaned and back up and running in time for the final installment of the “Star Wars” series.

It was closed in 1993.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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TLSLOEWS on October 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

The audiotorium had blue drapes on the walls and had blue seats also.Blue carpet covered the lobby and ailses.The box office was at the front or course but was not enclosed from the lobby.It ony had about a 4 foot wall around the area the cashier sat in.The manager was to stand behind the box office during peak ticket sales to make sure no one could get to the cashier,the entrance was right left of the boxoffice with the doormans stand.The office was to the left of the entrance and has a glass wall in front that you could see the boxoffice and doormans stand from.Of course there were drapes in front of the glass wall of the office that we would close while counting the money and checking out.The concessions stand was at the back of the looby and the movie house itself was to the left of the lobby with a hallway that had the restrooms and of course the projection booth.This was the only theatre I worked which had Xenon lamps in the booth.We always ran one hour reels there. The booth also had a roof hatch and ladder mounted on the wall.Johnny Cash would bring his kids to the movies most every Saturday when he was in town and no one noticed of bothered him.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for the story Tis.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

This theatre ran day and date with the Loews Melrose on Franklin Road,mostly Disney movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Got it. i have been here,should have remembered, but Man we see a lot of Theatres.looking for Nick to put a bunch of Theatres on soon,I sent a package full.He asked for it.LOL.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on June 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

The Madison Square Theatre building is now home to Covenant of the Cross church. The auditorium was extensively remodeled.

Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

TSLowes: I worked there in the 70’s also, in the concession stand. Johnny Cash’s “The Gospel Road” premiered there, and I still have the signed copy of a bible they were handing out.

TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Imax I have most likely posted this before Johnny used to bring his kids there when he was in town in the late 70,s.

sgw1974 on April 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I worked at this theater for about 4 or 5 years and it was named Loew’s Madison Theater, not Madison Sq. Theater. I remember Mr. Sokol and his train set he would get out at Christmas. I was manager of the concession stand and remember Johnny Cash coming in. He would load up the the kids in his neighborhood (he lived in Hendersonville) along with John Jr. and bring them all to Disney movies. The Loew’s Cresent was downtown on Church St. The Loew’s Melrose was in Green Hills ( a suburb of Nashville) on Franklin Rd. The pic you see above is the old theater; however, it is now remodeled into a church. Mrs. Cockrill was the older lady that worked the box office and Mr. Beard worked the door- both have been dead for many years. Imaxguy, I don’t know who you are, but I don’t remember a guy (if you are) that worked in the concessions.It was all girls. Kirby Jefferies was the manager when I worked there, as well as another guy I can’t remember. I still have the first Rocky poster and Raging Bull tucked away. I remember having the first ‘pong’ video game machine in the area. Mr. James Van Deuren was the projectionist- very heavy set dude. My younger sister also worked there too. Great times!!

DavePrice on April 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

The Loew’s Melrose was in the community of Melrose; Green Hills is on Hillsboro Road.

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