Rivergate 8

800 Rivergate Parkway,
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

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Rivergate 8

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Opened as the Rivergate Twin by Martin Theatres in 1983. In 1985 it was remodeled and became a six screen. Then in 1987 two more screens were added and it became the Rivergate 8. Carmike took over operations in 1985 and is still operating the theatre.

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on November 19, 2005 at 3:49 am

Here are a couple of recent photos of the Rivergate.

Coate
Coate on February 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

<<< *Opened as the Rivergate Twin by Martin Theatres in 1983. In 1985 it was remodeled and became a six screen. Then in 1987 two more screens were added and it became the Rivergate 8. Carmike took over operations in 1985 and is still operating the theatre. * >>>

I’m not sure those dates or screen-count timeline is correct. Can someone please clarify or double-check reliable sources?

I ask because I have notes and newspaper ads indicating “Jaws” ran here in 1975 in what was at least a 4-screener, and that the place was at least a 6-screener in 1984 for “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom.”

Also, I believe Carmike took over operations of Martin in 1982, not 1985.

Coate
Coate on March 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm

<<< Opened as the Rivergate Twin by Martin Theatres in 1983. >>>

It would appear this theater opened several years before 1983.

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

This theatre was open in 1976 when I moved to Nashville to attend V.U. It was the Rivergate 1&2 (at the mall). Its sister was the Rivergate 3&4 (at the plaza.)

In 1975 Coate’s newspaper ads will probably show the 1&2 (Rivergate Mall) and the 3&4 (Rivergate Plaza) theatres. Again, those were two different theatres.

The Rivergate 3&4 was built by Massey Theatres before Martin bought out the chain. It became the Rivergate 3&4 after the purchase, I don’t know what Massey called it.

I believe the original description is correct in that the twin became a 6-plex, and then eventually an 8-plex.

Other than the Belcourt, this is the only Nashville-area theatre from 1976 that is still operating to my knowledge. The drive-ins are all gone, and many theatres have been built and closed since then.

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

There’s a lot of information here:

http://hsvmovies.com/generated_subpages/cities/tn_nashville.html

It says the Rivergate Twin opened in 1973.

amyrmace
amyrmace on April 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

This theater is now closed.

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