@belcourttheatre is a nonprofit film center located in #Nashville's #HillsboroVillage district.
Opened in 1925 as the Hillsboro Theatre by M.A. Lightman Sr. of Malco Theatres & his father Joseph Lightman as a silent movie house, boasting the most modern projection equipment & the largest stage in the city.
As the community grew, the #Belcourt adapted to the new needs of the neighborhood by providing a regular home for two highly successful performance groups. @nashvillechildrenstheatre, the longest running children's theatre of its kind, & the venerable @opry both shared the Belcourt stage during the 1930s. The Opry's tenure from 1934 to 1936 shaped the format the radio show still uses today. Due to the intimate size of the room, the Opry began playing each show to two separate audiences. Performers found themselves playing two 15-minute performances rather than the single half-hour performance to which they were accustomed.
In November 2007, the theatre was purchased by a nonprofit coalition of local arts activists (operating as "Belcourt Theatre Inc.") for $1.4 million.
The Belcourt is Nashville's nonprofit film center with a stated mission "to engage, enrich & educate through innovative film programming in our historic #theatre, our community, & beyond." Its programming spans first-run independent & documentary films (both U.S.-made & international) & repertory classics. Its concession stand includes classic movie snacks & locally-made baked goods. The Belcourt also has an active education & engagement program, sharing films with young people throughout Middle #Tennessee via its Mobile Movie Theatre & frequently hosting post-screening discussions with filmmakers, issue experts, & other special guests. The Belcourt reopened in July 2016 after undergoing seven months of renovations. The renovation increases the theatre's square-footage to include a new small screening room, classroom space for film education & outreach.
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