At 95-years-old, you'd think the Belcourt Theatre wouldn't be the ones offering innovative ways to keep classic films going — but you'd be wrong.
The historic movie venue announced it will hold drive-in movies in its parking lot starting Friday, Aug. 28.
Films for the Belcourt Drive-In’s opening weekend are Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on Friday, Aug. 28; Hitchcock’s North By Northwest on Saturday, Aug. 29; and Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard’s Mr. Soul!, a new documentary on pioneering television host Ellis Haizlip, on Sunday, Aug. 30. Upcoming shows posted below.
“We’re delighted to be launching this new way to once again watch movies on the big screen,” says executive director Stephanie Silverman. "Since we closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, we’ve heard again and again from people telling us how much they miss the Belcourt. And we’ve missed our audiences too."
Movies will be projected onto a 30-foot wide screen in the Belcourt’s parking lot, with the audience receiving the soundtrack through their car’s FM radio. The Belcourt’s building will remain closed to the public, except for restroom use. Concessions will be sold from an outdoor snack bar and will include popcorn, candy, sodas and water. Masks will be required at all times when individuals are not in their vehicles. The Belcourt is also encouraging those attending to purchase takeout meals from Hillsboro Village restaurants.
“The Belcourt Drive-In gives us a fun, safe space to share films — while, of course, helping with some of the revenue we’ve been without for the last six months," Silverman continues. "Though capacity will be limited, our hope is that with multiple screenings each week, plenty of Nashville film fans will have the chance to attend the drive-in. And when it’s safe to do so, we look forward to re-opening the theatre itself for movie-going again too.”
In addition to opening the Belcourt Drive-In in its parking lot, the Belcourt will also continue its virtual offerings, sharing new releases and restorations available to watch at home, as well as opportunities to discuss films and join Q&As online.
Tickets will go on sale first to Belcourt members starting this Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. CDT. If any tickets remain after going on sale to members, non-members can purchase them on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be $25 per vehicle for Belcourt members and $30 per vehicle for non-members, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. Overall capacity for each screening will be limited to provide safe social distancing in the lot.
Additional details on the Belcourt Drive-In are on the Belcourt’s website.
RESCHEDULED: WED, SEP 2 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show Soul!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music and politics at a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.
RESCHEDULED: THU, SEP 3 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
Wealthy San Francisco socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) pursues potential boyfriend Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) to a small Northern California town where she finds that it's winged mayhem for the complacent townsfolk of Bodega Bay.
FRI, SEP 4 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
SAT, SEP 5 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM), 10:10PM (LOT OPENS AT 9:30PM)
When Pepperland is attacked by the music-hating Blue Meanies, it’s up to John, Paul, George and Ringo to jump on that yellow submarine and save the day.
SUN, SEP 6 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
The NBA is in the news, as is director Gina Prince-Bythewood whose latest film THE OLD GUARD made waves this summer. Alas, we revisit her Y2k debut about two next-door neighbors pursuing their own basketball careers while navigating their burgeoning romance.
FRI, SEP 11 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
Part-rockumentary, part-presidential portrait, this new doc about Jimmy Carter combines new and archival footage with era-defining live performances from the many musicians who supported him, including Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herbie Hancock.
SAT, SEP 12 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
A computer hacker (Keanu Reaves) learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski.
SUN, SEP 13 AT 7:30PM (LOT OPENS AT 6:30PM)
Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life. The Belcourt was to open this film in early April, and we’re happy to give it this proper big screen viewing opportunity.