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 (including a continuation of the Light and Sound Machine at Third Man Records, co-presented by Third Man and the Belcourt). Screenings and ticket links posted here as they're confirmed.


Sat-Sun, Feb 6-7 (see times below)

Location: Belmont University, R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, 1909 15th Ave S | See campus map here
Price:  $10/$7 (Belcourt members)

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016 are presented by category in three different feature-length presentations: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. Screenings take place at Belmont University's brand-new screening room on the first floor of the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, located on the west corner of 15th Ave S and Caldwell Ave.

Free parking available in the Johnson Center's garage at 15th and Caldwell.


Sat, Feb 6, 1:00pm: Animation   BUY TICKETS
Sat, Feb 6, 3:00pm: Live Action   BUY TICKETS
Sun, Feb 7, 1:00pm: Documentary  BUY TICKETS
Sun, Feb 7, 4:15pm: Animation  BUY TICKETS

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Animation (91min)

Sat, Feb 6, 1:00pm  BUY TICKETS
Sun, Feb , 4:15pm  BUY TICKETS

NOTE: This program is acceptable for kids of all ages with one exception—Prologue, the last film in the program. Before Prologue starts, a parental guidance notice will be posted, and parents/caregivers can leave the theatre with children.

Sanjay’s Super Team
Dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7min
In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for Western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

World of Tomorrow
Dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17min
A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.

Bear Story
Dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11min
Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
Dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16min
Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

Dir. Richard Williams, USA, 6min
Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams—who is best known for his work as animation director on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, his unfinished feature THE THIEF AND THE COBBLER, and Academy Award-winning A CHRISTMAS CAROL adaptation—has worked on Prologue for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, UK.

These additional short films are included to fill out the feature-length program:
If I Was God 
Taking Flight 
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse 
The Loneliest Spotlight 
Catch It 


The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Live Action (107min)

Sat, Feb 6, 3:00pm  BUY TICKETS

Ave Maria
Dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France, 15min
Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

Dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21min
In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30min
Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

Dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12min
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

Day One
Dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25min
On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.


The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Documentary (163min + 5min intermission)

Sun, Feb 7, 1:00pm  BUY TICKETS

Body Team 12
Dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13min
Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain, they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Dir. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40min
Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

Last Day of Freedom
Dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, USA, 32min
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision: should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day: veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

Chau, beyond the lines
Dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34min
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40min
Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean- Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.


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



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 Bel- court 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