Tennessee Theatre

535 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37219

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bdeen on May 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

I just saw a picture of the building this theater was torn down for. What a crime!! Theres open space all around where the ignorant developer could have built his project. And cheaper! and he would now be right next to (and we’d still have) an 11 story Art Deco bldg and 2000 seat theater. What a loss for everyone when we allow folks with more money than brains to get away with criminal acts.

Patsy on September 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

I don’t, but it bears repeating that “It’s a shame that Nashville doesn’t still have this t theatre!”

jdftn1947 on September 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

does anyone remember the last movie playing

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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


Patsy on November 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thought i spelled his name wrong Imaxguy.

Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 2:25 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 5:08 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.

TLSLOEWS on February 28, 2011 at 7:32 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 February 26, 2011 at 3:13 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 on February 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

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.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 25, 2011 at 7:45 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!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Love the “Exorcist” story,We heard so many stories of folks passing out,but never witnessed it at the Theatre I worked.

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I remember Mr. Vickors, i believe you are right,he was a big wig with Martin Theatres, our city manager was Robert “Bob” Sokol he worked for Loews for many years till he retired.He has sadly passed on since,I am sure I have seen or maybe even knew some of the people you remember,but this was quite some time ago.I also worked at the Loews Melrose and Madison during my years with Loews.These theatres and the Paramount all have pages on Cinema Treasures, check them out.And welcome to Cinema Treasures.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I older blonde lady worked at the Paramount, I meant. And Pam.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Bishop was the manager. Vickors (sp) was either the old boss or in the corporate office of Martin Theatres above, if I remember correctly. I haven’t had anyone to really talk to about this. This rocks. Did you know Pam at the Paramount? Pete, Darlene or Linda at the Tennessee? She worked at the one higher up on Church… wasn’t that the Paramount? There was another older blonde lady who worked the box office there, she had a rep for liking the cops! :)

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Who was the manager when you worked there? I may have known him, I am 53 and worked down at the Loews Creascent during those years.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

This shows how old I am. I worked there as a a bit later, when pregnant with my oldest son. (yep, I was young) and my manager would NOT allow me to watch The Exorcist… because it might hurt my pregnancy!! They actually took a person out on a stretcher on two different occasions who passed out because of the “horror”.

And you are welcome.

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for the stories tennesseetheatregirl.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Shook his hand! I had the “cue” cards that were his lines, then gave them to my sister-in-law. I was too young to know what they could be worth! She has no idea what happened to them. I never took old posters from the theatre or anything. One girl took photos of us in our finery the night of the Grammys (yep… we got to go, rode the city bus in our evening gowns! Those were the days!), but I’ve forgotten her name. I need to make a list as I remember all the people I met. I knew some of the people who worked at the Paramount and Lowes too. LOL… there was a XXX movie theatre on Broad, we went there to buy hotdogs… we couldn’t get any farther than that.

There was a huge winding stairway going stories up back stage. The story was that in the days of live shows, an actress had climbed to the top and jumped to her death.

The movie screen, from backstage was transparent, we could watch the people watching the movies, without them knowing it… now that was interesting!

There was an usher’s room, with lockers downstairs, dressing rooms WITH stars on the doors (our place to sneak down for a bit of alcohol). And there was a complete private screening room downstairs, a precious tiny stage, which I never saw in action.

There were catwalks for days backstage, for stories high. We would go walking around them. We went in on our days off just to roam the theatre.

The popcorn was popped downstairs and sent to the lobby via a dumbwaiter. I worked in the concession stand and was later elevated to “Box Office Girl”. :)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

Tenn Theatre Girl, great story.Met Ringo.Wow.

tennesseetheatregirl on February 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

I worked at the TN in 1972 until about ‘74. I was one of the three who were allowed to stay during the 6 weeks we were closed to prepare for the Grammy’s in '73 (?). I shook hands with Ringo Starr, Andy Williams, Helen Reddy, met the 5th Dimension… I could go on and on. I was too young and stupid to take a camera! The crew they brought in totally rebuild our stage, taking it out several feet and I think giving it a couple of side stages. Andy Williams was the host and walked in every morning with a cup of coffee (I guess!) and said, “Good Morning, Ladies”. (I was 15) They totally rebuilt a dressing room downstairs (leftover from the life show days), building a wet bar in for Mr. Williams, even having a local artist come in and paint a mural on one of the walls. I still am in contact with a couple of my co-workers there. I’m 54 now. It was the job of a lifetime and the Best Theatre EVER. I mourn it dreadfully. If anyone would like to know more, if I remember, please feel free to email me, I am a writer on Examiner.com so my email is public anyway!
and if anyone remembers me… please write!!!

TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2010 at 10:39 am

When the Grammys were broadcast from this theatre in 1973 the music was performed in the basement of the Church next door and piped into the theatre, I went there to try and get an autograph from Ringo Starr who was on the show, I did not get the autograph but did get to see him from some distance.Too bad all the downtown theatres are long gone.

TLSLOEWS on October 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Another thought of the Tennessee Theatre. While working at the Loews Crescent down the street sometimes when it was slow I would wander down the block to the Tennessee to see some of the concerts playing there as posted above. One night Ricky Nelson was playing there and I came down just to see some of the show before I went back to work.I got in free,there was only about 300 people in attendance,and Ricky seemed pissed, sorry to say and only played for about 35 minutes and left,so I got to see the whole show after all.It was his last Nashville apperance before his death.His backing band was the Stone Canyon Band.Concerts only lasted a few years before the theatre and office building was razed.