- CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION
- ARCHITECTURAL/CONSTRUCTION FEES
- CAMPAIGN COSTS
The Belcourt is thriving as Nashville’s nonprofit cinema. It is both a destination and an anchor in its Hillsboro Village neighborhood, with a regional and national reputation for quality programming, education and engagement work, and a strong mission-driven focus.
First opened in 1925 and established as a nonprofit in 1999, the Belcourt Theatre today is truly a Nashville success story.
The Belcourt today:
Source: Americans for the Arts, Economic Impact Calculator, 2015
The Belcourt’s building is 90 years old. In almost constant use since 1925, it’s had no major refurbishment in over 50 years. Resources have been devoted to programming, exhibition, and education and engagement work—and audiences continue to grow each year. It is now time to meet the responsibilities of caring for the Belcourt’s aging structure.
The theatre’s historic gem, the 1925 Hall, needs preservation and restoration.
Restrooms. The Belcourt has too few—but even worse, they are inaccessible to patrons who use wheelchairs.
Due to its age, the building lacks key accessibility and safety features.
Nashville and Middle Tennessee are growing, and so are Belcourt audiences—particularly for the education and engagement potential in using film to teach visual literacy. The Belcourt's current space configuration simply cannot accommodate this growth.
The theatre's future requires that its building meets the needs of both current and future generations of film lovers—so the Belcourt can continue its role in a thriving city that embraces the arts.
The Belcourt Campaign is a pragmatic vision that both preserves the past and embraces the future. With a goal of $5 million, the campaign plan is practical and the budget is thoughtful. It will ensure that the Belcourt remains a treasured cultural gem in our changing city—within the same footprint, with design continuity and character, and with an unchanging, focused mission.
Preserve the 1925 Hall. Restoration work on the original proscenium arch. Replace and secure the aging fly loft. Protect and secure the original staging.
Renovate to provide contemporary accessibility and safety features. Position the theatre’s entrance on-grade with the parking lot. Improve and expand restroom facilities significantly, including wheelchair accessibility. Replace dramatically outdated systems, such as HVAC, electrical and plumbing.
Accommodate growing film audiences and the needs of education and engagement programs with expanded lobby space, classroom space (2nd floor), and a small public screening room (2nd floor).
$5 Million in Gifts and Pledges
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Expanded and more welcoming lobby, with added windows for both interior light and street activation all along our Belcourt Avenue frontage.
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Projection booth serving the 1966 theatre will include a digital cinema projection system (DCP) and upgraded sound system. This booth will also serve the new small screening room.
Refurbishment and renovation plans are scheduled to take approximately five months. Based on current fundraising progress, we anticipate beginning this work in early 2016.
While under construction, the theatre will be closed. During this period, the Belcourt will collaborate with several community partners in varied locations to provide pop-up repertory film events.
The Belcourt is actively seeking major support from individuals, foundations and corporations
that seek to make a meaningful investment in this Nashville treasure.
To discuss leadership gifts and pledges, and learn more
about naming opportunities, please contact:
Brooke Bernard, Development Director