Capri Twin Theatre

4050 Nolensville Road,
Nashville, TN 37211

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The Capri was located at the Harding Mall and it opened in March 1969 by Martin Theatres. It opened as a single screen and was converted to a twin in 1978. Carmike took over operations in October of 1984. The Capri closed in 1989.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JackCoursey on March 31, 2005 at 9:33 pm

This one is headed for the wreaking ball. A new Sprall Mart is slated to be built on the site were what remains of the mall resides.

HornerJack on December 29, 2005 at 11:37 pm

Jack, the Capri was not the same as Harding Mall 6. The Capri was located on the south side of the mall. It was very successful for a time, even though it was a dump, far removed from the movie palace.

Harding Mall 6 opened in the early 90s as part of the mall’s upgrade. It was located on the north side.

Mall 6 was a cozy little venue. It failed for several reasons:

  1. It’s operator, Carmike Cinemes, either did not know of and/or did not appreciate the impact of the stadium multiplex. The venue was dated the day it opened.

  2. The area continued its change from a middle class one to a lower class area.

  3. The mall’s renovation did not save it.

In 2005 wrecking balls destroyed the entire mall. The property is now being built as a WalMart.

Unlike some other old theaters in Nashville, neither the old nor the new venues at the old Harding Mall are likely to be fondly rmemebered.

joelmoses on January 10, 2007 at 1:58 pm

This was located on the side of the mall directly facing Harding Road. When the mall was rehabbed during the 1980s, the twin was taken out and replaced by the aforementioned 6-screen in the early 90s. For a time, Harding Mall had no theatre at all… As previously mentioned, the mall itself is no more — it’s a WalMart now.

HornerJack on January 15, 2007 at 12:28 am

I think the whole venture was built upon the false premise that “if you build it, they will come.” Carmike continued to build non stadium miltiplexes in the Nashville metroplex well into the 1990s. It was easily unseated as the dominant chain in Nashville by Regal Cinemas, which constructed the amazing [at the time] Regal Hollywood 27 in 1996, then later the more sedate but in some ways more successful Green Hills Commons 16.

bauhaus on April 22, 2007 at 1:51 am

Harding Mall was always kind of a dump IMHO. The Castner’s there didn’t carry the same choice of merechandise as their other stores. Anybody remember Pasquale’s? It was across the street from the mall and we’d hit it after a show at the Capri. The Harding Mall Shoney’s didn’t have the teen hang-out vibe that Thompson Lane, Donelson, and Madison had. Just kind of always out of the way and suburbanly ugly.

TLSLOEWS on June 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Yes another Walmart at this theatres location.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I bet this was a nice twin theatre,too bad we couldn’t have stayed with twins and maybe triples.

GMNash on March 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

To Corivraken…. actually, the Capri was a single screen house until 1978, when the auditorium was split and ‘twinned’. I remember watching “The Rose” at this theatre around Christmas, 1979.

Oh, and “Mannequin” may have played at this theatre, but Cinema South 4 had it first ru, which was about ¾ of a mile away…. I managed that theatre when that was released.

Harding Mall 6 was built on the other side of the Harding Mall, 180 degrees opposite.

Mike, this was actually a twin that took on the ‘tunnel vision’ concept. The single auditorium was OK, but putting a wall down the middle did nothing for it, except offer another option for a movie. Lobby was very small.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Yep, same old story,ltes put a wall down the middle,thanks GMNash.

Frank Scalf
Frank Scalf on August 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I remember watching movies at the twin. Saw The Last Dragon and The Lost Boys there. All true about it being a single and then they put the dividing wall down the middle. Kind of Funky because the screen went right to the wall, no border. It was also my very 1st job as a teenager back in 85'.

When they built Harding 6 that was the downfall of Cinema South, and as stated Harding 6 was in a declining neighborhood, no stadium seating and most of all Carmike Cinemas ran it which is the death of any movie house.

I worked at many Carmike owned theaters in South Nashville and only one is in existence today. Hickory 8 which is a $1.50 house.

Bell Forge 10, Cinema South, Capri Twin, Hickory Hollow Cinemas, Bell Road Cinemas are all gone. Bell Forge 10 is now a mosque. Funny, that in the late 80s early 90s it was the flagship of Carmike in the whole nation.

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