Loew's Vendome Theatre

615 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37219

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Loew's Vendome Theatre

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The Vendome Theatre was built as an opera house with two balconies and sixteen boxes. The main curtain featured scenes from the Paris Place Vendome. The first performance was October 3, 1887 featuring Emma Abbott in “Il Trovatore”. It was rebuilt in 1901 to the plans of architect Frank Cox.

Loew’s took the hall in the mid-1920’s providing vaudeville and movies. The last movie was “The Dirty Dozen” seen on the evening of August 8, 1967. Patrons that night reported smelling burning rubber. After the last show a thorough search of the theatre found nothing. Later the janitors discovered the upper balcony ablaze. The ceiling and roof then caught fire and collapsed into the auditorium bringing both balconies to the floor.

The Vendome Theatre’s lobby survived as retail space until 1986.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

From what i have read Loews bought this theatre in 1920 and ran it till it burned in August 1967.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Nice photo of this theatre was posted by Tinseltoes on the photo page today.I have that same photo but it from a newspaper and not as clear.

mpotts
mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I remember when Loew’s burned. Even though it’s been a long time ago I can’t forget the marquee proclaiming “The Dirty Dozen..Hottest Picture in Town.”

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on December 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol.1, page 410, by David Junchen, published 1985, lists a Moller Theatre Pipe Organ, Opus 2812, as orignally being installed in 1919. Three manuals/sixteen ranks costing approximately $6,000.00.

The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol.4, known more as the ‘Wurlitzer Illustrated History’ volume, page 660, completed and published in 2005 after organman David Junchen’s death, lists a Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, Opus 1268, as being installed February 8, 1926, and being a Style H Special, which I believe to have been a three manual organ with probably more ranks than were on the Moller it replaced.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2014 at 3:07 am

The Vendome Theatre was substantially rebuilt in 1901 to the plans of architect Tignal Franklin Cox, who had recently moved his office from New Orleans to Chicago. A photo of the Vendome’s original facade can be seen on page 10 of this PDF file, a short biography of Frank Cox by his great-granddaughter, Robin Yonish.

DavePrice
DavePrice on June 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

Joe: You may be a year off. The Vendome burned Jan 2, 1902 and reopened Sept 12, 1902.

DavePrice
DavePrice on March 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

This is slightly off topic, but just across the street. There was a man who had a newsstand at the side of Armstrong’s at Church and Capitol Blvd for years. Some time in the fifties he was run off the streets by a bunch of old ladies who were offended that he sold girlie magazines. For a while he moved to a store on Commerce Street but without the foot traffic didn’t last long. Can anyone tell me his name or what became of him?

rivest266
rivest266 on February 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

October 3, 1887 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

September 12th, 1902 grand reopening ad also in photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

An advertisement for Nashville’s new Theatre Vendome, then under construction, appeared in a December, 1886, issue of The New York Mirror and listed the architects as J. D. McElfatrick & Sons.

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