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Pop-Up Events

While we renovate, we're organizing pop-up screenings around town. Screenings and ticket links posted here as screenings are confirmed.


co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records

Tue, July 12 at Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here for DIRECTIONS
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt members | Click here to BUY TICKETS

Peripheral Visions is a monthly screening series of cult action and horror films from the 70s and 80s, co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records in Third Man Record’s Blue Room.

Dir. Fernando Di Leo, Italy, 1972, 95min, R, 16mm

"The Godfather wants revenge! The contracts are out. The hitmen gather. All hell explodes in the underworld!"

Small-time pimp Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is implicated in the disappearance of a heroin shipment between New York and Italy in a frameup by the Milanese mob to cover their indiscretions. Two American hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) are sent to assassinate Canali, but he won’t go down without fighting tooth, nail, and head. The second part in a disconnected trilogy of action films set in Milan's criminal underworld from respected poliziotteschi* auteur Fernando Di Leo, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION pulls absolutely zero punches (or headbutts) in this nonstop, no-one-is-safe, race to the death. VIEW TRAILER

*Italian crime films which reached their peak popularity in the 70s


co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records

Thu, July 21 at Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here for DIRECTIONS
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt members | Click here to BUY TICKETS

Light and Sound Machine is a monthly screening series of marginalized cinema, both new and repertory, co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records in Third Man Record’s Blue Room.

Dir. Diego Echeverria, USA, 1984, 57min, Digital

“Trenchant and eye-opening.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“An authenticity that has been captured by no fiction film I’ve ever seen.” —L.A. Weekly

“Both an invaluable record of pre-gentrification Brooklyn and an ode to a community’s resilience.” —BAMcinématek

In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history. VIEW TRAILER



Support the Belcourt Campaign

The Belcourt seeks leadership gifts to restore, renovate and preserve its historic 90-year-old theatre. To learn more about making a leadership gift/pledge* of $10,000 or more, as well as campaign naming opportunities, please contact: 

Brooke Bernard | Development Director
615-846-3150 ext. 21 

Leadership gifts may be pledged over five years.


Name a seat!

Help make Belcourt history with your donation to support the Belcourt's first major renovation in 50 years. With a gift of $2,500, we’ll recognize your generosity on a Belcourt seat.

Add your name (or a name of your choice), to the back of a seat in either the Belcourt’s 1925 Hall or 1966 Hall, or in our new Manzler/Webb Screening Room on the 2nd floor. 

Gifts may be pledged over 12 months. Your plaque(s) will be installed after the completion of the pledge period. Choose the hall you prefer, or the new screening room. Specific seats cannot be chosen, however, and naming does not reserve a particular seat for your use. Plaques will remain in place for the life of the halls’ or screening room’s seats (a minimum of 10 years). 


Make an annual gift to the Belcourt

Annual donations are an essential component of the Belcourt Theatre's budget each year. As Nashville's nonprofit cinema, the Belcourt is mission-driven and provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. These gifts continue to be vital to the Belcourt's operations and programming, even as we seek funds to renovate, refurbish and preserve the theatre's 90-year-old building through the Belcourt Campaign.



All current Belcourt memberships have been extended for a six-month period to cover construction and renovation work. Though we won’t be issuing new membership cards until each member’s next renewal (a helpful cost savings initiative), your extended expiration date will be in our records. Likewise, if you join during construction, your membership will be extended to account for the length of time lost to the theatre’s closure.


Members provide vital annual support for the nonprofit Belcourt Theatre and its innovative film programming. As a member, you'll enjoy a range of great benefits that include discounts on films and concessions, member-only invitations, and the inside scoop on upcoming events.

All Belcourt members receive these great benefits:

  • discounted admission to Belcourt films

  • 20% discount on all Belcourt merchandise and non-alcoholic concessions

  • service charge waived for members when buying tickets online

  • discounts on select special events

  • monthly calendar of events mailed to your home

  • weekly email updates



VISIT OTHER ART HOUSES WHEN YOU TRAVEL! In addition to the benefits above, Belcourt members can visit other art house theatres across the U.S.—and receive their member discount. Check out the Art House Visiting Members Program here, including a list of over 40 art houses.


While our 90-year-old building is under renovation, the Belcourt’s education program continues to share the power of film and teach visual literacy throughout the community.

We take our Mobile Movie Theatre and teaching staff to schools, after-school programs and community centers throughout our region, providing young audiences with the opportunity to sense the power, magic, story-telling and universality that the art of film makes possible.


Our partnerships with schools, after-school programs, and community centers include:

Martha O'Bryan

Wright Middle School

Apollo Middle School

Temple Preschool

Casa Azafrán

Oasis Just Us

McMurray Middle School

Madison Middle School/NAZA

Donelson Middle School/NAZA

Antioch High School

Hartman Park Community Center/NAZA

Glencliff High School

Nashville International Center for Empowerment

Waves, Inc.

YMCA Brentwood Summer Camp

Riverdale High School

MNPS Transition Program


To learn more about partnering with the Belcourt's education program, please email



History and Mission

The Belcourt Theatre's mission is to engage, enrich, and educate through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond. 

The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building’s physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to bring inspiring films to children and young people with our Mobile Movie Theatre.

Today, the Belcourt Theatre thrives. It's recognized as one of Nashville's most vibrant arts organizations and as a leader among the country's art houses regionally and nationally. The Belcourt attracts audiences from throughout Middle Tennessee and the Southeast region, as well as visitors from more than 40 states and from other countries — a total of approximately 160,000 visitors annually. Over 11,000 people participate in our yearly in-theatre engagement programs, including Q&As with filmmakers and conversations with experts, scholars and community commentators. More than 1,200 students in our community benefit from film programming and visual literacy activities through one of our partner schools or organizations.

As of Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt is closed for 5-6 months for essential renovation, construction and preservation — the first major work on the 90-year-old building in 50 years.

Belcourt Timeline

  • 1925 | Opens as the Hillsboro Theater to show silent movies, with a Kimball organ, 800 leather-covered seats, and Nashville’s largest stage
  • 1930s | First performance of the Children’s Theatre of Nashville and home to the Grand Ole Opry (1934-1936)
  • 1937 | Renamed Nashville Community Playhouse and is the site for community events, theatre and film
  • 1966 | Renamed the Belcourt Cinema — and returns to its original use as a movie house
  • 1993 | Carmike (and the Massey family) ends a successful 30-year lease of the Belcourt Theatre; Watkins Film joins Belcourt LLC to manage the building
  • 1999 | Belcourt LLC closes the Belcourt, and the building is leased by the nonprofit Belcourt YES! group
  • 2003 | Thomas Wills, a founding member of Belcourt YES!, purchases the theatre
  • 2007 | Belcourt YES! group purchases the theatre from Mr. Wills and formalizes the name as the Belcourt Theatre Inc. 2008-2011 | Belcourt supporters give generously to fund new seats, draping, carpeting and aisle lighting
  • 2014 | The Belcourt celebrates 15 years as a nonprofit cultural organization.
  • 2015 | On May 18, 2015, the Belcourt turns 90 years old.
  • 2015 | On Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt closes for renovation and construction on its 90-year-old theatre — a project supported by the Belcourt Campaign with a goal of $4.5 million.


Main Office: 615-846-3150

Temporary Administrative Office: 4304 Charlotte Ave, Suite F, Nashville, TN 37209

Belcourt Theatre Administrative Staff

Front of House Managers

  • Tyler Glaser
  • Jessica Griffith
  • Jon Keller
  • Maria Pavlova
  • Heather Price
  • Bob Roberts

The Renovation

The Belcourt's renovation and construction work will take approximately 5-6 months. The project's architect is Tuck-Hinton. The builder is R.C. Mathews Contracting. 

This project represents the first major work in 50 years on the Belcourt's 90-year-old building. The work is being supported through generous financial gifts to the Belcourt Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here, including how you can make a gift.


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Emergency Exits


  • Preservation work to secure the building’s iconic arches.

Poster Cases

  • New cases for film posters.

Exterior Brick and Masonry

  • Repair as needed to secure areas that are damaged and need strengthening.


  • Parking lot capacity reduced by only 2-3 spaces (to accommodate new entrance).

1966 Addition Theatre (1966 Hall)

  • Capacity changes from 366 to 254 to allow for restroom and lobby expansion.
  • Upgrade overall exhibition experience with improved sound system and new screen.


  • Replace and upgrade aging cast iron plumbing systems.

Historic Theatre (1925 Hall) Stage

  • Protected and secured original stage decking.
  • Performances ranging from 1934 Grand Ole Opry artists to King Crimson and John Prine have happened on this stage.

Fly Loft

  • Replace and secure the aging fly loft.
  • This fly loft is one of the building’s structures that's in most need of care and tending.

Proscenium Arch

  • Restoration work on the original plaster proscenium arch around the stage.

Historic Theatre (1925 Hall)

  • Capacity will remain unchanged at 332.

Elevator and Stairs

  • Providing public accessibility to the 2nd floor.


  • Relocated to a more central position in the lobby.


  • A small, comfortable seating area in the lobby for pre- and post-film gatherings.

Light Lock Doors

  • Preventing light and sound disruptions from the lobby.
  • Installed in both halls.


  • Bigger and improved.
  • Fully wheelchair-accessible.


Expanded and more welcoming lobby, with added windows for both interior light and street activation all along our Belcourt Avenue frontage.

Box Office and Entrance

  • Relocated directly off the parking lot, providing convenience for all audiences and an entry from a flat surface for patrons with mobility devices.


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Exterior Brick and Masonry

  • Repair as needed to secure areas that are damaged and need strengthening.

Concessions Storage

Projection Booth (for 1966 Hall and Screening Room)

Projection booth serving the 1966 theatre will include a digital cinema projection system (DCP) and upgraded sound system. This booth will also serve the new small screening room.


Projection Booth (for 1925 Hall)

  • Projection booth will serve both the Belcourt's historic hall.
  • Booth will include digital cinema projection (DCP) systems for both spaces, and 35mm projection for the historic hall.


  • New accessible 2nd floor public restrooms.

Additional 2nd Floor Entrance/Exit

  • Currently, the Belcourt’s projection and administrative spaces have only one entrance/exit—a configuration that is far from contemporary safety standards.

Administrative Wing

  • New, much-needed work space for staff.
  • This second story addition is cantilevered over the parking lot to protect parking spaces.


  • A new room that provides space for learning and conversations around movies.
  • This important new space will dramatically increase the Belcourt’s ability to offer film education programs to learners of all ages.

Gathering Space

  • A new public space, ideal for pre- and post-screening gatherings.

Screening Room

  • A new small, flexible screening room with seating capacity of about 45.
  • Outfitted with a digital projection system, the room will be used for public screenings as well as Belcourt classes and education programs.
  • Also provides an ideal space for private screenings or test screenings for local filmmakers.

Elevator and Stairs

  • Providing public accessibility from the 1st floor to the 2nd.

Fly Loft Exterior

  • Secure the aging fly loft's structure.
  • Never noticed the fly loft's rusted, pitted and corroding exterior? Look on the Belcourt's roof next time you're in the neighborhood.


  • Replace aging, inefficient and unreliable units and systems (that are increasingly expensive to repair and maintain).


Second Floor