Madison Square Theatre

729 Gallatin Pike S,
Nashville, TN 37115

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DavePrice
DavePrice on April 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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

sgw1974
sgw1974 on April 11, 2013 at 2:42 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!!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2012 at 3:30 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.

Imaxguy
Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 2:14 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.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on June 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 9, 2011 at 5:25 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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for the story Tis.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 6, 2010 at 5:36 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.

DavePrice
DavePrice on September 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

I believe that Lloyd Lawrence managed the original Madison at one time. He had two brothers who also managed Crescent houses: Johnny at the Rex and Joe at the Woodland.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Of course we had more employees than that I just do not remember their names,Robert Sokol I know died a while back here had worked for Loews many,many,years,asfor Mr. Beard and Miss Crokett if they are still alive would be pretty old as my time there was nearly 35 years ago.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I care,Good Story.The Miller Theatre had an old lady for a box office lady and a real old man for a doorman.I can’t remember his name.He was there for years.But I never worked at the MILLER theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Former Employees if anyone cares: John Neal Manager,Mr.Beard who was in his 70,s at the time,was a doorman,a Miss Crokett old time cashier.And myself I worked there 2 days a week for about a year when I was the Relielf Manager,worked at all three Loews houses 2 days a week,till I got promoted to Manager of the Loews Melrose when Robert Sokol out city manager retired,and Joe Daniel took over his job at the Loews Crescent and I took over his job as manager of the Loews Melrose,back where I had started as a doorman in 1973.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

You are correct Micheal I saw Star Wars when it first opened at the Cinema North as it was called then,as you can see from the posts the header is talking about 2 different theatres at the same time.I do not think Star Wars showed at any time at the Madison Square Theatre,although I could be wrong about that.

Coate
Coate on July 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

<<< One area local recalled that this was the theater to see “Star Wars” during its initial run. >>>

This is NOT the theater in which “Star Wars” played during its original 1977 release. The first-run Nashville market bookings were at Cinema 4 North (27 weeks), Cinema 4 South (36 weeks), and Hermitage 4 (8 weeks).

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Just checked the Google map on this address it shows the Madison Theatre location,you can still see the Madison Square Theatre behind the Madison Square Shopping Center.Both theatres are very close in location.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

The seating count on this theatre is not correct it is listed as 1016 this theatre was not that big,that maybe the seating for the Madison Theatre a different theatre on Gallitin Pike,that building is still standing also.The Madison Square Theatre was more in the 700 seat range with no balcony.Built in 1969,I have read elsewere that Loews built this theatre but I believe it was just leased by Loews. The Loews Melrose had 1000 seats including the balcony and was much larger than this house.The headed on this theatre is only about half correct,it it being confused with the older Madison Theatre nearby,this one was in the back of the Madison Squuare Shopping Center.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Also check out the LOEWS VENDOME i noticed that you have been on that site I have added some photos since your last post there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

You are correct TheatreOrgan last time I was by there the building is still standing.And of course the Madison Square Theatre is a church now,I am thinking of going there to check them out and see how much they have changed from when I worked there years and years ago.It was still pretty new when I worked there in the 70,S.

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on April 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

The original Madison Theatre in the middle of Madison, as you mentioned tisloews, was for a long time, after it ceased being a theatre, a furniture store.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

The header on this theatre is wrong this MADISON theatre was built about 1969,there was another MADISON theatre on Gallatin Road that is an art store now it would have been built about 1940 as the header inplies,these were two different theatres although very close to each other.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I worked there when it was a Loews house. It had a marquee on the front of the building of course but also had a 2-sided marquee in the front of the shopping center. The theatre was in the back of the center. I do not remember how may seats it had but it was the newest house that Loews had in Nashville at the time, they Also had the Loews Crescent downtown Nashviile, and the Loews Melrose on Frankin Road.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on January 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The Madison Square Theatre has been gutted and renovated as the new home of Covenant of the Cross church. http://www.covenantofthecross.com/
http://www.myspace.com/covenantofthecross has photos during the renovation process.

Nice folks there but I’d still hoped it could be returned to use as a movie and live theatre venue.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on April 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I know several folks who have studied this space for a possible dinner theatre. Apparently, it would take a lot of money to get the place up to codes … new electrical, plumbing and replacement of the sprinkler system.