The Belcourt Theatre kicks off its 1999 series

This Friday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m., an introduction from Mayor Freddie O'Connell before the first film (MAGNOLIA) and a post-screening opening night party celebrates 1999 music videos and other engagement activities including special introductions, seminars and workshops to accompany its 25 films.

NASHVILLE, TENN. — The Belcourt Theatre’s month-long 1999 series opens this Friday, May 31 and will be introduced by Mayor Freddie O’Connell at the series’ first screening, Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA at 7:30 p.m. After the MAGNOLIA screening, film patrons are invited to an opening night celebration of 1999’s music videos at Belcourt Request Live with a live VJ taking audience requests, themed drinks, and nostalgia galore. As the 1999 series continues through June, other engagement activities will include a variety of special introductions from Belcourt staff members, artists, critics, and cinema faculty, as well as two themed seminars and a workshop.

On Saturday, June 8, 10:30–11:30 a.m. (before THE IRON GIANT at 11:45 a.m.), local animators Nathan Morrow and Skylar Wilson of Skybone Studios present “Supergiant: A Seminar on the Impact of THE IRON GIANT.” On Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (before TOY STORY 2 at 12:30 p.m.), Claire Sisco King, chair of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University, leads a seminar called “Panic.

Like It’s 1999: Crisis in Turn of the Century Cinema.” Both seminars are $16 ($13 for Belcourt members) and are free to 1999 series Full Pass holders. The Belcourt is also planning a writing workshop on Sunday, June 23, 3:30–4:45pm led by Belcourt staff member Sheronica Hayes, in conjunction with 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU.

In addition to Mayor O’Connell’s introduction before MAGNOLIA this Friday, May 31, other film introductions include:

  • THE MATRIX (Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m.) –Sam Smith, film poster artist, My So-Called Band drummer, and class of 1999 alumnus
  • MAGNOLIA (Sunday, June 2, 4:15 p.m.) – Kevin Allen, film critic
  • THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Monday, June 3, 8 p.m.) – Nancy McGuire Roche, assistant professor of motion pictures, Belmont University)
  • THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (Wednesday, June 5, 6:40 p.m.) – Jason Shawhan, senior film critic, Nashville Scene
  • THE MATRIX (Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 p.m.) – Quinn Hills, musician and Belcourt staff member
  • OFFICE SPACE (Thursday, June 13, 8:20 p.m.) – Coley Hinson, musician and Belcourt staff member
  • GHOST DOG (Monday, June 17, 8 p.m.) – Jennifer Fay, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Cinema and Media Arts, Vanderbilt University
  • BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Friday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.) – Lisa Ellen Williams, faculty member, MFA in Visual Arts program, Watkins College at Belmont University

Additional film introductions and engagement activities will be added throughout the series.

While all film tickets are available individually at the Belcourt’s regular prices, passes for the full series are also available ($200/$150 Belcourt members), as well as ticket 5-packs ($45/$35 members). And in the spirit of the ‘90s, special series stickers will be on sale.

For showtimes, tickets and more information, including the 1999 trailer — visit

For a downloadable 1999 schedule with showtimes — visit

About the Belcourt Theatre

The Belcourt Theatre is Nashville’s nonprofit film center, a cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming in our theatre, our community, and beyond. Housed in Nashville’s only neighborhood theater, 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. The theatre reopened as a nonprofit art house in 1999. The Belcourt Theatre is funded in part by Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is grateful for their support of our nonprofit mission. Repertory film programming is generously funded in part by Nina and H.G. Webb, who provide visionary support for the Belcourt Theatre.