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April 12, 2024

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The Belcourt to Reopen April 23

The theater will host limited-capacity screenings of the brand-new 'Sesame Street' documentary 'Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.'

sesamestreet hashtag on TwitterThe Belcourt announced that it will reopen for indoor screenings beginning Friday, April 23. Theater reps note that seating capacity will be limited, masks will be required, and films will show only in the Belcourt's 1966 and 1925 halls — "the second floor and its screening room will remain closed to the public," says a release. You can read more about the safety precautions at the Belcourt's site.

The Belcourt will kick off its reopening with screenings of two films: action-packed Japanese anime Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, and the brand-new Sesame Street documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. The former — first released in Japan in October — is the highest-grossing feature in Japanese history. Tickets for both go on sale tomorrow, April 9, at 10 a.m. via this link.

“We’ve very glad to share this good news. We’ve been gratified by the many movie fans and Belcourt supporters who’ve asked about our reopening plans and have let us know how much they’ve missed watching films at the theatre,” said Stephanie Silverman, the Belcourt’s executive director. “Just as we’ve always been committed to film exhibition, we’re committed to showing movies in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of both our audiences and staff.”

Even with the theater reopening in limited capacity, the Belcourt will nevertheless keep its Red Carpet Evening Oscar celebration virtual on April 25. Tickets for that are still available.

“And it’s nice to reopen just two days before the Academy Awards ceremony. As already planned, we’ll continue to celebrate that occasion with our virtual version of A Red Carpet Evening, and knowing that the Belcourt is once again screening movies will only add to the festivities.”

For all film information, tickets, and health and safety precautions, visit For information and tickets for A Red Carpet Evening, visit

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.