The Belcourt Theatre is now closed
for approximately 5-6 months
for renovation, construction and preservation
on our 90-year-old building.







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A Red Carpet Evening

Red Carpet Evening 2015

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at War Memorial Auditorium

Join film fans on Hollywood's biggest night to watch on the big screen!

For one time only, the event moves from the Belcourt to another historic Nashville location, the War Memorial Auditorium, while the Belcourt is under renovation and construction.

Now entering its 15th year, the event is regularly a sell-out. Walk the red carpet, and enjoy a sumptuous spread of food and drink, a fun silent auction, a glamorous VIP lounge—and lots of movie buzz.

Your ticket purchases for A Red Carpet Evening support the historic nonprofit Belcourt Theatre (and are tax-deductible as outlined below).

Because of this year's venue change to War Memorial Auditorium, please note that ticket sales will be made via TPAC. You may purchase online, or call TPAC's box office at 615-782-4040 (Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-2). You may also visit TPAC's box office at 505 Deaderick St (open Mon-Fri 10-5).

VIP TICKETS ($325/$300* Belcourt members) 

  • 5:30pm early arrival
  • Reserved seating
  • Access to VIP lounge with premium bar and buffet
  • Open bar all evening
  • Gift bag
  • Tax deductible for $225

PATRON TICKETS ($175/$150* Belcourt members) 

  • 5:30pm early arrival
  • Open bar all evening with cocktail buffet
  • Gift bag
  • Tax deductible for $125

GENERAL TICKETS ($100/$75* Belcourt members) 

  • 7pm arrival
  • Open bar from 7-9pm with cocktail buffet
  • Cash bar 9pm-close
  • Tax deductible for $75

*Plus $1.50 TPAC facility fee per ticket
*Please note that this a 21+ event.

Note for Belcourt members: Use the promo code to get your membership discount. Don't have the code? Check your inbox or contact

The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond. The Belcourt is funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission and is grateful for their support of our nonprofit mission.

A Red Carpet Evening is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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.


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.

Pop-Up Events

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


Light and Sound Machine
Co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records

Thu, Feb 18 at 8:00pm* (doors at 7:00pm)

Location: Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | Click here to BUY TICKETS
*Come early for a pre-show exhibition on the life and work of director Lionel Rogosin.

Dir. Lionel Rogosin, USA, 1959, 95min, NR, 16mm
In 1959, maverick filmmaker Lionel Rogosin followed his landmark docu-fiction ON THE BOWERY by covertly filming on the streets of Johannesburg—under the false pretense he was making an  innocuous musical featuring South African performers. Instead, he made COME, BACK AFRICA, a scathing indictment of the country's harsh apartheid policies. Shot in a lightly scripted, quasi-documentary style, the film follows a young Zulu man as he attempts to navigate an unforgiving bureaucracy to find work to support his estranged family. It is a neo-realist monument of wrenching humanism, as well as a historically indispensable document of daily life in the Johannesburg township of Sophiatown—demolished shortly after filming to make way for white-exclusive housing. Watch Trailer


Peripheral Visions 
A new monthly screening series of 16mm cult and genre films from the 70s and 80s,
co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records

Tue, Mar 1 at 8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm)

Location: Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | Click here to BUY TICKETS

Dir. Jack Starrett, USA, 1974, 94min, 16mm

A pair of disaffected West Virginia brothers (Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest), fed up with their dead-end jobs, join ranks with a gang of D.C. bank robbers. The duo take their rightful place on the great American gravy train by any means necessary. Keach gives a searing performance as the fast-talking, high-falutin’ Calvin, who dreams of using his ill-gotten gains to open the Nation’s Capitol finest seafood restaurant. He’s the perfect complement to Forrest’s subdued—but completely unhinged—performance as the dynamite-toting, lovestruck Russell. In the great genre-bending tradition of better known films from the time, THE DION BROTHERS (initially released as THE GRAVY TRAIN) is both a low-moraled bawdy buddy comedy full of the requisite sex, drugs and TNT, and an unpredictable dramatic suckerpunch to the failures of the American Dream.

The film was originally intended as writer/director Terrence Malick’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1973 debut BADLANDS. Instead, the reins were given over to veteran Blaxploitation and Biker B-movie auteur extraordinaire Jack Starrett (a relative unknown). Malick received a co-writing credit under the pseudonym David Whitney. Although celebrated by directors such as David Gordon Green and Quentin Tarantino (who has mentioned plans for a possible remake), the film never got a proper home video release and has remained an unseen gem since its initial 1974 release.


In partnership with OZ Arts Nashville

Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüve, Turkey, 2015, 94min, NR, Digital

Sun, Mar 6 at 12:30pm

Location: OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | Click here to BUY TICKETS

Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film - 2016 Academy Awards

The feature debut of Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality. Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey, five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are subjected to virginity tests and married off one by one, the younger sisters look on in fear and resolve not to succumb to the same fate. Co-written by noted writer-director Alice Winocour (DISORDER).

"[A] beautifully mounted debut … the director proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers[,] whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message" —Jay Weissberg, Variety


In partnership with OZ Arts Nashville

Dir. Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2015, 190min, NR, Digital

Sun, Mar 6 at 3:00pm

Location: OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | Click here to BUY TICKETS

Jackson Heights, located in the New York City borough of Queens, lays claim to being the world's most diverse neighborhood. Locals say that 167 languages are spoken here. In contrast to urban blocks that are often more divided by ethnicity, Jackson Heights residents commingle in the same apartment buildings and shopping districts. In the Old Testament's Tower of Babel story, diversity was a recipe for disaster. In Jackson Heights, it somehow works.

Frederick Wiseman is best known for documenting institutions (NATIONAL GALLERY, AT BERKELEY). He now brings his observational approach to IN JACKSON HEIGHTS, filmed over the summer of 2014, to create a keen understanding of how this special place ticks.


National Evening of Science on Screen 
at Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory

Tue, Mar 22 at 8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm)

Location: Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027 | Click here to see map
Tickets: $25 / $20 Belcourt Members* | Click here to BUY TICKETS
*Tickets now on sale to Belcourt members only. General tickets, if available, will go on sale Fri, Feb 12 at 10am.


OUR HEAVENLY BODIES with live accompaniment by Coupler
Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, Germany, 1925, 91min, NR, Digital

In 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum's film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan's COSMOS more than 50 years later. View Trailer

Presented at Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory as part of the National Evening of Science on Screen, the film will be accompanied by a new live score by Nashville ambient electronic group Coupler. 

Post-film Q&A: Bob O'Dell, Distinguished Research Professor of Astrophysics at Vanderbilt University, and the founding project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, which he helped design and for which he supervised construction. 

Before and after the film: Tours of the observatory and stargazing through the observatory’s telescopes (weather permitting) with Vanderbilt astronomers. 

about Dyer:
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a special place of learning tucked high atop one of the tallest peaks near Nashville. Vanderbilt astronomy professor Carl Seyfert was the primary force in establishing the observatory by convincing over 80 firms, foundations and individuals for donations that ranged from electrical service to dynamite, making the Dyer Observatory a reality in 1953. The Dyer is named for Arthur J. Dyer, owner of the Nashville Bridge Company. He was not only was a generous donor to the project, but also agreed to build and install the massive main dome. Today, the Dyer inspires students and serves the public with “open house” nights, Telescope Nights, public lectures, summer camps, field trips, and the Bluebird on the Mountain concert series. The observatory is available for corporate and personal event rentals.


Made possible through a grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Sun, Apr 3 at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Location: Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | BUY TICKETS to 12:00pm screening | BUY TICKETS to 3:00pm screening

Dir. Ciro Guerra, Columbia, 2016, NR, 122min, Digital

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2016 Academy Awards

"EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is simply a work of art, and one of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have in Cannes, or anywhere really. It's an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. It is a Heart-of-Darkness voyage of discovery. It is a lament for all the lost plants and peoples of the world." —Jessica Kiang,THE PLAYLIST

Post-film speaker information to be announced soon.



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

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