Tennessee Theater

535 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37219

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The Tennessee Theatre was opened on February 28 1952 by the Crescent Amusement Co. The theatre was constructed inside an unfinished shell of a store & office building which was built in 1932, but due to Depression & war had not been fitted out. The Tennessee Theater had a screening room, fully rigged stage and spacious lobby. Interior decorations were carried out by the Rambusch Decorating Co. There was a single large balcony with 278-seats and edge-lit signs saying ‘Smoking Loge’.

Located on Church Street in the 11 story, Art Deco style Warner Building, the theatre sign was nine stories high. Both the theater and Warner Building were razed in the late-1980’s to make way for a new highrise. It was Nashville’s last grand old theatre.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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tennesseetheatregirl
tennesseetheatregirl on February 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

The Godfather, which ran so long we could repeat the script by heart, also had people leaving their seats for the lighted safety of the lobby!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

The Godfather was released in 1972,“give them an offer they cannot refuse” I have a one-sheet of this movie,Thanks Mike, and Tennessee Girl,it is great to hear stories from the people who lived it.Keep them coming.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Tis,I have “GODFATHER” and “GODFATHER part II” one sheets,have no idea how i got them since Abc and Plitt in Augusta never got Paramount first Run.Glad to see some comments on this great Middle Tenn.Theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I do not remember how I got mine either, As The Godfather played at this theatre and others but not of any of the Loews in Nashville.Some one must have just given it to me.BWT I just watched all the GODFATHER movies this past week-end on AMC.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

How do you watch anything on AMC with all the cuts and commericals.TCM so much better.We played Both Godfathers at Nationals Hills on a Midnight show, think they got out about four in the morning.I was at Columbia Square and had more sense than to book those two. You got a good Find with that one-sheet,I might even have a “Godfather III” one sheet.Are we off topic again,Darn it.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Featured in this 1952 trade article: boxoffice

Imaxguy
Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Harry Vickous managed this theater at one time…just a “name spelling” correction. I started training to be a union operator at this theater with Ben Thomas, the business agent. It had three projectors, and a magnetic playback unit that could sync to the projectors.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Thought i spelled his name wrong Imaxguy.

Patsy
Patsy on November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It’s a shame that Nashville doesn’t still have this theatre!

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Very nice article on the back story of the Tennessee Theatre is here:

http://nashvillehistory.blogspot.com/2013/06/tennessee-theater-and-sudekum-building.html

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