BELCOURT THEATRE, GRAND OLE OPRY TO CELEBRATE SHARED 90th ANNIVERSARY WITH SUMMER MUSIC CITY-THEMED PROGRAMMING
Free Outdoor Screening of COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER Kicks Off Series July 11
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2, 2015) – During a summer in which both the Belcourt Theatre and the Grand Ole Opry are celebrating their 90th anniversaries, the Nashville treasures are partnering to deliver a series at the Belcourt featuring a collection of films that feature Nashville locations, music legends, and in many cases its most famous show. The Belcourt’s stage served as the Opry’s first home outside of the WSM studios; the show was housed there from 1934 to 1936.
The fun begins on Sat., July 11 with a free outdoor screening at dusk ofCOAL MINER’S DAUGHTER, for which Sissy Spacek won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Scenes from the film were shot at the historic Ryman Auditorium as well as several other Nashville venues. Spacek and Lynn appeared together on the Opry stage at the Grand Ole Opry House on January 27, 1979 as Spacek prepared for her starring role. The screening will be in the Belcourt’s parking lot.
“Still thriving after nine decades, the Belcourt and the Opry are unique gems in the city’s history and story,” said Belcourt executive director Stephanie Silverman. “As Nashville’s nonprofit cinema, the Belcourt brings the world to our audiences through the power of film, while the Grand Ole Opry brings country music to the world from the Opry stage. We’re proud to call Nashville home for 90 years.”
After the free weekend screening of COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER, the series moves to Monday evenings with “Music City Mondays” July 13 through August 17. Followers of the Belcourt and the Opry on social media can enter to win ticket packages including admission to “Music City Mondays” at the Belcourt and “Opry Wednesdays” at the Opry House throughout the summer. A full schedule of films to be screened as part of “Music City Mondays” can be found at belcourt.org and the Opry’s show schedule can be seen at opry.com.
About the Belcourt Theatre: The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond. Housed in Nashville’s only historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt presents the best of independent, documentary, world, and repertory cinema 365 days a year, while promoting visual literacy and providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the power of film. First opened in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-35. Since the re-opening of the theatre as a nonprofit art house in 1999, over a half million people have visited the Belcourt to see more than 1,000 films from every corner of the globe. Today, the Belcourt serves over 160,000 individuals annually. The Belcourt Theatre is grateful for the support of its donors and members, and grant support from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 15. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.