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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s UAPs! 🛸

We’re serving up a saucerful of sinister visitors for the spooky season (Sep 29 - Oct 18) — starting next Fri with that grandfather of sci-fi horror, ALIEN (link in bio, or

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7 films. 12 hours. No gravestone left unturned. 🪦💀🩸

Our 12th 12 Hours of Terror commences at 10pm on Sat, Oct 21. Tickets on sale for Belcourt members this Mon, Sep 25 at 10am. General admission tickets on Sat Tue, Sep 26 at 10am. Limited edition screenprinted 12th annual 12 Hours of Terror T-shirt with original art by our own Cody Lee Hardin available for preorder when you purchase your ticket. (Link in bio, or

Not a current Belcourt member? Join (or renew) to access the member presale!

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Renewing your license plate anytime soon?!? 🚙🚘🛻 Get a TN Arts Plate, and you`ll be helping support Tennessee`s arts organizations (including the Belcourt) through the work of our Tennessee Arts Commission. Plus, you’ll be telling the world, you’re an a fan of the arts.💙

Get details at link in bio, or here >

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WHEW! 😅 The credit card processor problem we had this a.m. is FIXED — and you should be able to purchase tickets now! 👏 ...

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Just announced! Joan Baez joins us in person for post-screening discussions following two screenings of the new documentary JOAN BAEZ: I AM A NOISE — Fri, Oct 20 at 6:45pm in conversation with Jack White + Sat, Oct 21 at 12:45pm in conversation with TN State Representative Justin Jones.

Tickets now on sale for Belcourt members (log in to purchase). Any remaining tickets go on sale to the general public Fri, Sep 22 at 9:00am CT. Tickets are $25 ($20 Belcourt members) >

Not yet a Belcourt member? Join now to access this member presale. *Additional showtimes for JOAN BAEZ: I AM THE NOISE will be added at regular film prices.

@magnoliapics @joanbaezofficial @officialjackwhite @brotherjones_

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“This standout documentary combines archival footage and animated re-enactments to share one survivor’s memories... The film’s coherence is a reflection of both the skill of the filmmaker, and the heroic efforts of Aurora herself to ensure that her view of history would not be forgotten.” —Teo Bugbee, Critic’s Pick @nytimes

At the Belcourt this Fri-Wed, Sep 22-27, Inna Sahakyan’s AURORA’S SUNRISE. A genocide survivor becomes a silent movie star: Aurora Mardiganian’s odyssey is nearly unreal. After losing her family, escaping slavery, and enduring Hollywood greed, she journeys far to tell the world of the Armenian genocide. (Tickets at link in bio, or

And at this Fri’s 7pm screening, an introduction from Helen Makhdoumian, postdoctoral fellow in the collaborative humanities at @vanderbiltu who specializes in the history and representations of the Armenian genocide.

#aurorassunrise @auroras.sunrise #innasahakyan #armenianstories #docspotlight

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“Delightfully warm and comically upbeat.” —@theplaylistnation

#BabakJalali’s FREMONT starring Anaita Wali Zada opens this Fri, Sep 22 (link in bio, or

@fremontthemovie @anaitawalzada opens @musicboxfilms #fremontmovie

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“What I liked was a horror movie that was scaring me with ideas and gore, instead of simply with gore.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (Oct 16, 1992)

Next up for Pizza and a Movie on Wed, Sep 27 at 8pm, 1992’s CANDYMAN — co-presented with @slimandhuskys. Tony Todd’s astounding turn as the hook-handed boogeyman paired with Bernard Rose’s sweeping, impassioned directing, and further bolstered by Philip Glass’s epic score, helped ensure this incredible horror/romance hybrid from the twisted mind of Clive Barker would forever be ingrained in the cultural consciousness. (Tickets at link in bio, or — and you’ll have the option to add a Slim & Husky’s pizza to your order when you purchase tickets.)

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“I WENT TO THE DANCE… is such an infectious music film on Louisiana French and Zydeco music that it’s hard to stay seated… It is a feast of folkloric scholarship, human history, regional color and irresistible music.” —Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

This Mon, Sep 18 at 4pm, 6pm + 8pm — Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz’s newly restored 1989 I WENT TO THE DANCE (J’AI ÉTÉ AU BAL) — their seminal film on the history of the foot-stomping, toe-tapping music of French Southwest Louisiana, featuring many Cajun and Zydeco greats. And an intro at the 8pm screening from Randy Pitts, longtime friend of directors Les Blank, Maureen Gosling and Chris Strachwitz (link in bio, or

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“Simon’s nonjudgmental, empathetic curiosity is the film’s great strength. But it’s also shocking that still now, in 2023, it can be such a revelation, as women, to see OUR BODY portrayed without sexualization and without stigmatization — without, in a word, shame.” —@kiangjessica @variety

Screening this Sun, Sep 17 Wed + Tue-Wed, Sep 19-20 — in OUR BODY, French documentary titan @claire_simon_cinema observes the everyday operations of the gynecological ward in a public hospital in Paris. In the process, she questions what it means to live in a woman’s body, filming the diversity, singularity and beauty of patients in all stages of life. (Tickets at link in bio, or

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Applications now open! The Fall 2023 edition of Strong Leads (the 14th installment), our film seminar for high school girls, on Wednesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 15, 4-7:30pm. There’s no cost to participate — but applications are required (and due by Oct 11). All info (including films) and applications can be found at link in bio, or

A presentation of the Belcourt’s education and engagement program — designed for 10th, 11th and 12th girls of all identities including gender-nonconforming youth — Strong Leads explores gender representation in cinema, in the Hollywood establishment, and in film discourse. Students meet weekly at the Belcourt to watch films and discuss with their peers. Strong Leads is facilitated by Allison Inman, the Belcourt’s education and engagement director, and Jessie Griffith, the Belcourt’s theatre operations director and education associate.

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“Delightfully hilarious. One of those sweet, funny films that takes pleasure in the wonder of youth, with really tight, honest writing that is unexpected and fun.” —@chicago_reader

Charlotte Regan’s SCRAPPER – winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and starring Lola Campbell + Harris Dickinson (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS) – opens this Fri, Sep 15 (tickets at link in bio, or

@crcharlotte @harrisdickinson #scrappermovie #charlotteregan #lolacampbell #harrisdickinson @picentfilms

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On Sat, Sep 23 (11am–12:15pm) — in conjunction with our Doc Spotlight series — Ways of Seeing, a seminar especially for documentary fans!

In this seminar, documentary filmmaker and Vanderbilt cinema and media arts assistant professor Carmine Grimaldi will explore the trajectory of documentaries from the birth of cinema to contemporary trends. He’ll discuss styles and practices — and explore multiple ways of looking at documentary films, including some of the titles featured in the Doc Spotlight series. You’ll be challenged to see documentaries in new ways — and will go home with a list of films for recommended viewing!

(Tickets at link in bio, or And if you’ve got a Doc Spotlight ticket 5-pack, the seminar’s free.)

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Join us for a one-of-a-kind, only-at-the-Belcourt special evening — Thu, Sep 21 at 8pm. Experience the art, craft — and only-in-Music-City story — of “Nashville’s first family of film” (as Jim Ridley wrote in 1996). Read on…

“They [the Ormond family] would go on to create one of the most colorful, and most curious, chapters in Music City’s history. Theirs is a story that brings together everything that is truly Nashville: It is a saga that includes Ralph Emery, the United Methodist Church, Minnie Pearl, some strippers and a man in a gorilla suit.” —Jim Ridley and David D. Duncan, @nashvillescene (Apr 18, 1996)

Our Ormond-dedicated special evening — co-presented with @ThirdMan — starts with…
• An Ormond-inspired pre-show performance from chanteuse @tammyfayestarlight
• Biographer Jimmy McDonough, who’s had a 36-year obsession with the Ormond family
• Tim Ormond himself — the only surviving member of the clan and a prolific presence in the Nashville filmmaking community

And WAIT! There’s more…
• Tim intros our screening of brand-new restorations of both THE EXOTIC ONES (aka THE MONSTER AND THE STRIPPER) and the rarely-seen Tim Ormond-directed opus IT’S ABOUT THE SECOND COMING
• Post-screening, an extended Q&A session with both Tim and Jimmy (who’ll also have books available for sale and signing

(Learn more + get tickets at link in bio, or

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“This is the greatest concert film ever!” —Spike Lee at the Toronto Film Festival (Sep 11, 2023)

STOP MAKING SENSE’s new 4K restoration opens Thu, Sep 28 at the Belcourt — and tickets are on sale now for the first week’s screenings (link in bio, or

@TIFF_NET @talkingheadsofficial @a24 @davidbyrneofficial @frantzchris @jerryharrisonofficial #talkingheads #stopmakingsense #davidbyrne #tinaweymouth #chrisfrantz #jerryharrison

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Let’s do the time warp again!

Dates now set for our 2023 edition of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW — Fri-Sat, Oct 27-28 at Midnight + Mon-Tue, Oct 30-31 at 10pm! For Belcourt members, tickets go on sale Tue, Sep 12 at 10am. Then, general admission tickets on sale Wed, Sep 13 at 10am.

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This Fri-Thu, Sep 15-21, KING COAL — with a post-screening discussion at Fri, Sep 15’s 6:40pm showtime with Oscar-nominated Knoxville-based director/producer Elaine McMillion Sheldon (tickets at link in bio, or #DocSpotlight

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, KING COAL meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. #ElaineMcMillionSheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and poignantly moving immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life.

“KING COAL moves beyond shallow impressions of the region with a real love for her neighbors and prodding questions about what it means to identify with an industry that has harmed and exploited generations of families.” —Monica Castillo mcastimovies @rogerebertofficial

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We’re kicking off October a little early with some extra witchy @BelcourtMidnights offerings!
• Fri, Sep 29: HOCUS POCUS – with an introduction from the voice of Thackeray Binx, @jasonmarsden
• Sat, Sep 30: THE CRAFT

(Tickets now on sale! See link in bio, or

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