Bellevue Cinema 12

7741 Highway 70 South,
Nashville, TN 37221

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Imaxguy on August 16, 2018 at 4:08 am

Zeb?? Hey David, Pat here! I come to Memphis occasionally to service the Digital IMAXs there! Live North of Nashville, still with IMAX. Won 2010 best Imax booth contest. Pix of me there. Call imax 9054036500 and have them email me your number. Good to see you!

zebtheamerican on August 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm

@IMAXGUY: My name is David Leadbetter. Roger Frazie (Head of Projection, Regal Cinemas), Pat Cauldwell (Area technician, Regal Cinemas), and myself built this projection booth in ‘95. I was Head Projectionist of this theater for the next 3 years, during which time I was often asked to go to the other Regal’s in Nashville and train operators. I was also brought along to help install other Regal’s (Bossier,LA.– Jackson,TN) and train their operators. I am curious as to who you are and where you get the idea that all 12 screens could be interlocked, because we never wired the two sides together while I was there. I had asked Roger if we could do it, but Roger said it would be overkill. So we only ever had 6 on each side wired together for interlock. The booth had a rear projection screen overlooking the lobby. It was an old simplex with a continuous loop platter. The image was thrown against a large mirror to reverse the image back to normal. On it we ran trailers, and I was the only one they ever had there who figured out how to run it and keep it running (years after I left, Manager Vernon Womack told me it never ran again). The booth had Strong Platters, Simplex 35mm’s with Xetron lamp-houses and automation. We had Dolby processors in all the auditoriums, though only the 2 large houses had true left-center-right speakers behind the screens. All the other houses had one center speaker and we wired left and right front channels into the left and right surround speakers. MAJOR RIP OFF! In fact, every thing about Regal Cinemas was a major rip off. They didn’t believe in paying anyone their worth. It was corporate policy to pay Projectionist minimum wage AND they had to wear this ridiculous costume/uniform all day upstairs, where NO ONE ever went or saw them. ALL of the operators I was given to train were teenage kids, so we had scratched and torn up prints and equipment that was constantly abused and in need of repair. I tried to tell the DM’s that it is possible to run film without scratching it, they didn’t care. Spent most of my time running around Nashville putting out fires any professional projectionist would never start. I ended up hating Regal. I left to go back to Memphis and Malco Theaters which paid a STARTING wage for projectionist that was competitive with any Union. Good people, really care about film. Regal Cinemas only ever cared if the concession stand looked good. Idiots.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

@StanMalone — Classic Cinemas in Illinois had a number of theatres that regularly used the Endless Loop Platters for their daily operation.

Below is a link to a picture on Cinematour of one such operation. I remember seeing this in a few of their theatres and thought it was pretty ballsy, since one thing went wrong with that platter and I have to imagine you were down for the rest of the day trying to get the film back in order.

StanMalone on August 10, 2017 at 7:25 am

Well David, that is an interesting comment. Regarding that endless loop platter, this link is for a theater in Atlanta where I occasionally worked:

My comment is first in line and describes my experiences of running that thing which mirror yours. Further down there is a link to a theater in Delaware that actually used that abortion to run regular movies.

As for Regal paying minimum wage and requiring the operators to wear uniforms, that was standard practice for them in Atlanta. In addition, they were required to work the floor when not actually threading up, even if only for a few minutes. The point, of course, was to keep them from getting the idea that they were anything special and thus entitled to a living wage. AMC took it a step further by trying to make the booth position just like any other. They would try to make sure the manager scheduled different people to work the booth and that the “projectionists” worked shifts down on the floor. I received many prints directly from AMC theaters that were both damaged and improperly broken down.

I was amused the other day when AMC was forced to downgrade their guidance to investors because their big summer quarter is going to be a financial disaster. I do not understand this. For years I was told in negotiating sessions that having to pay a professional projectionist prevented the theater from making a profit. With the advent of digital, operatorless projection they should be making millions.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm

It is now the “Royal Range” where the E and G have been replaced with a similar font O and Y.

rivest266 on February 14, 2016 at 5:21 pm

March 31st, 1995 grand opening ad in photo section.

andsome96 on April 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

This theater is currently being turned into a shooting range, aptly called “Regal Range.”

Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

While working for Regal Cinemas, I installed the projectors in this theater while it was being built. All twelve houses could be interlocked, i.e a single print could be run through all houses at the same time.

CSWalczak on April 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

This theater is now permanently closed and the building is for sale: View link Status should be changed.

CSWalczak on September 22, 2010 at 1:03 am

This theater is still closed as a result of flooding in May. Regal had purchased it (it had been previously been leased to Regal prior to the flooding) and had planned a major set of upgrades and renovations. Now Regal is being non-committal about the future of this theater and its other flood-closed theater in Nashville, the Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Tlsloews outta know if he sees your question.

cvolosin on July 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

did this theater re-open after the floods earlier this year. Arial photos showed this theater completely under water at least to the bottom of the front marquee.

JackCoursey on November 28, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Here are a couple of recent photos of the Regal Bellevue.