Belcourt Theatre

2102 Belcourt Avenue,
Nashville, TN 37212

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1925 theater

Historic neighborhood theater opened as the Hillsboro Theatre in 1925. It was equipped with a Kimball 2 manual/5 ranks organ. It was later the early home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Belcourt Theatre was saved by grass-roots efforts in 1999 and reopened in June 2000.

Contributed by Jim Ridley

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vastor
vastor on August 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Interesting note, the second auditorium looks very much like many of the Malco multiplex auditoriums in the 1970s.

DavePrice
DavePrice on August 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

Vastor: I hope you saw the name “Hillsboro” on the cornice of the old entrance. If you had walked inside you could still see sort of an atrium near the back of the present establishment, which served as a small lobby to the Hillsboro.

Imaxguy
Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I was a relief projectionist, and later for Carmike was a manager there. Had a weird experience there with “cold spots”. The janitor, Veronica Flemming, was from Jamaica and practiced Voodoo. She “cleaned” the theater in more ways than one!

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on December 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol.1, page 259, by David Junchen, published 1985, lists a Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ being installed in 1925. The organ consisted of two manuals/five ranks.

DavePrice
DavePrice on April 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Does anyone know what theater or theatre “Hobson’s Choice” played here in 1954?

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

David Bower’s “Encyclopedia of Automated Musical Instruments” p. 551 lists the Hillsboro in Nashville Tennessee as having a Reproduco organ, but there is no date. Wonder if the Reproduco preceded the Kimball or was there an earlier theatre with the same name? Reproducos were mostly of the photoplayer variety, rather than fully developed theatre organs.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

Linkrot re-re-repair: The July 8, 1963, Boxoffice page with photos of the recently remodeled Belcourt Theatre is now at this link on the magazine’s web site.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

First ad as Belcourt from November 2nd, 1962 in photo section.

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on October 25, 2018 at 10:15 am

Yhis theater is where the Rifftrax Live Events broadcast live from via Fathom Events.

JRHagan
JRHagan on February 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm

NPR ran a nice piece on this theater & the Executive Director . You can listen to the 8 min audio at marketplace.org/arts then search Nashville Belcourt Theatre. I am not sure how long it will be available.

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