Back in 1999, our beloved independent Nashville cinema space, the Belcourt Theatre, almost closed. And earlier this year, it did close.
That late ‘90s period was cause for concern; 2016’s closure was call for celebration — a nearly $5 million upgrade would bring a fresh new lobby, new bathrooms, another screen and more. We were so glad it stayed open those decades back. Now, we’re kind of stoked that it closed (even if our team did miss it) — all those upgrades are sure to make one of the best places for Nashville movie lovers even better.
This week, at long last, Nashville’s arthouse theater will open its doors again.
The idea of finally getting to see the reimagined, 90-year-old Belcourt open again is exciting, and its first few reopened weeks are offering a whole lot to see.
Over at The Belcourt’s website, you can eye the spectrum of offerings, but there are a few particular happenings that caught our eyes. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to as The Belcourt reopens:
Coming soon at the reopened Belcourt Theatre
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE
If you love British comedy, I’ll guess you bigtime love Edina and Patsy, the lovably drunken and ridiculous leading ladies of cult TV series Absolutely Fabulous. After a handful of dry years without Ab Fab, the show is reappearing on the big screen, opening the same day The Belcourt — a movie theater that’s long had pretty good craft beer/wine options, and probably has even better ones now — reopens. Synchronicity.
DRAFTHOUSE FILMS PRESENTS "RAIDERS: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS TOUR" DOUBLE FEATURE SCREENING
I’ve been known to show my love for a really great movie by going to see it three or four times. Clearly, I don’t know a thing about real fandom. When they were 11, Mississippi kids Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos and Jayson Lamb embarked on a seven-year journey to create a shot-for-shot adaptation of their favorite movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and nearly completed it, landing just one scene short. Two decades later, they put the exclamation point on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, and The Belcourt will screen it, right after the documentary Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (which is kinda self-explanatory). Zala will be in the house, too, for a post-screening Q&A. So. Many. Questions.
If you love a good rock doc and/or other instances of music and movies coming together, you’ll want to pencil in some Belcourt time every Monday through the end of August. The theater explains the concept of the soon-launching Music City Mondays best: “This is Music City, these are music films, and they play on Mondays.” K, cool. Among the films set to screen: Prince’s directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon (image at the top of this list), and Don’t Look Back, a remarkable capture of Bob Dylan being Bob Dylan.
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