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Bijou Theater

Bijou Theater

423 4th Avenue North

From CinemaTreasures: Built on the site of the former Adelphi/Grand Opera House, the Bijou was the Nashville flagship of the Bijou Amusement Company, one of the first African American theatre chains in the south. For close to forty years, the theatre featured both live performance and film until it was razed in 1957 for construction of the new Municipal Auditorium.

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Yet most are not aware of it. The Internet Movie Database has a listing for it here, but very little info is on it.

Anyone heard of the Snodgrass Theatre?SamDavis1

SamDavis2Thanks to Talley Bailey for the scans and info here:

Made in Nashville, this  silent era movie was filmed at Travelers Rest plantation and fairgrounds. It was about Sam Davis the Confederate boy hero of Tennessee. An article appeared on May 30 1915 in the local paper about this movie and my relative Joshua Brown an actual member of the Coleman Scouts was in the movie. Also cast members included Lucille Wilson Sudekum and brother in law Clarence “Hap” Sudekum.


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Suburban Drive-in


Belle Meade

Belmont Art Theatre


Green Hills







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Enjoy a night out –
go to the

Great for Grown-Ups
Burl Ives – Christopher Plummer
Budd Schulberg’s
WInd Across the Everglades
From Warner Bros. Technicolor
Starts Tomorrow
Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventure
White Wilderness

Great for Grown-Ups
HIstorical Drama!
In CinemaScope!
Color by DeLuxe!
John Wayne
Diko Ando
The Barbarian and The Geisha
Story of the first white man to open up the East!

Great for Grown-Ups
In CinemaScope!  Drama!
Elanor Parker • Bill Travers
Seventh Sin
Suspense Story!
James Mason • Inger Stevens
Cry Terror
Starts Thurs. – “It! Terror from Beyond Space” and “Curse of the Faceless Man”

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Roxy Theater

I wanted to let you know that a group of folks is organizing to try to ensure that the Roxy Theater gets restored and preserved.  I have created an email list for folks to stay connected: http://groups.google.com/group/roxytheater.  We would love your participation if you are interested.

Carol McCullough
Roxy Theater

(Photo courtesy Richard Justice)
302 Wilburn
“The “Ushers” inside the Roxy Theater at Meridian Street and Wilburn
Street; 1952. That is me on the right. ” -Richard Justice

Roxy Theater, Inside projection booth, 1952
(Photo courtesy Richard Justice)

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Bel-Air Drive-In

Opened Thursday, July 16, 1953. Located on Charlotte Road at White Bridge Road. The Half-Breed was the movie for opening night. Listed as “Nashville’s Finest Auto Theatres” July 1960, and Martin July 1965 and after. Closed during the July 1974 to July 1976 time interval.

belllairSeptember 1965 flier

Featured movies: the Christine Keeler affairThe Desperate Women

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Knickerbocker Theater

Knickerbocker Theater (Who was Alice Brady?-click here)
+ Kimball Piano

Image from its’ location at 219 Capitol Blvd

From hsvmovies.com
Opening date: 1916/03/22

First movie shown: Bullets and Brown Eyes

No longer in operation. Opened Wednesday, March 22, 1916 at 2:30 as Wassman’s Knickerbocker on 6th Avenue. The opening feature was Bessie Barriscale in Bullets and Brown Eyes. The theatre was advertised to have a $15000 symphony organ. Became Crescent propety in the 1920s. Remodeled in the 1930s. Dewey Mouson operated the theatre from 1920 to 1945. Floyd R. Rice operated it from 1945-1952. Other managers: Porter Woolwine, Louis Rubenstein, Bruce G. Hooper. Closed February 4, 1961.

This is probably a premium from the early period.

This was a premium handed out at the theater probably in the late 20s or early 30s.
A small metal framed print of the starlet in the movie.

Compliments and best wishes of Wassman’s Knickerbocker Theatre
Nashville, Tenn

I purchased this little frame with a little photo of a couple in front of a home in it.
When I removed the photo, behind it was this print of a starlet…

I showed this picture to the editor of http://www.silentera.com and they confirmed that it is of Mary Pickford.

knickerbockerinsideThis is a shot of the remainder of the walls connected to the business on one side.

Then it apparently moved to 205 6th Avenue North According to Cinema Treasures

The Outlaw!

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