While Nashville, and Middle Tennessee by extension, is best known for its live music, there are also great places in the area to see movies. There are more multiplexes in the area than I can list, but there are also a few treasures that everyone should visit. Here are some of my favorite Middle Tennessee Theaters and a bonus movie going experience that doesn’t quite fit into the theater mold, but still shouldn’t be missed. Please Note: This post contains Affiliate links
Unique Middle Tennessee Theaters
The Belcourt Theater
First, originally built in 1925 and recently reopened after an extensive renovation, The Belcourt Theater is a non-profit independent theater. You won’t find the latest blockbuster releases here, but you will find meaningful documentaries and independent films. This theater makes great contributions to the local arts community and the community at large. You should definitely visit this historic theater!
Stardust Drive In
Originally constructed in 2003, the Stardust combines nostalgia with the latest technology. The theater plays the latest releases from March to November on its 2 screens with digital projection. Audio is broadcast to your car stereo by FM radio. Admission is very affordable at $8 for adults, $6 for Children 6-11 and Free for kids under 5. There is also a full service concession stand and Kitchen. Located in Watertown, Tennessee it is a short drive from Nashville and Murfreesboro and absolutely worth the visit.
IMAX Opry Mills
The other end of the theater spectrum from historic venues and nostalgic drive-ins is the IMAX. Using all of the latest technology to immerse you in films, IMAX is more than just watching a movie. The audio is amazing, the 3D projection on the giant screen puts you inside the movie, and the stadium seating means there is no bad place to sit. Nashville has an IMAX Theater at Opry Mills so you can check out the shops and restaurants after the movie!
Another historic theater, opened in 1937, The Franklin Theater is now a multi-use theater that hosts movies and live music. Franklin Theater shows everything from time honored classics to recent hits and has concessions including pizza, wine, and beer. Located in Downtown Franklin just a short distance from Nashville, it is a great place to catch a movie (or a concert)!
Montana Drive In
If you are willing to drive a little further, Estill Springs is home to the Montana Drive-in. This theater was opened in 2004 and has 3 screens that show first run double features. It’s hard to beat watching a movie in the privacy of your car. Montana Drive-in has concessions that include BBQ, chicken, burgers, and fries. At 7$ for adults and 6$ for kids under 11 admission, it is a great deal.
Not far from Montana Drive In you can find the Oldham Theater on the corner of Downtown Winchester’s Historic Square. Renovations have preserved its 50’s vibe, but they play first run movies 7 days a week. There is something exciting about lining up under the vintage marquee to buy tickets for a show here. Oldham has two screens, and Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 3-11, and matinee viewings are $1 cheaper.
Movies in the Park
The Bonus Venue! Hosted by the Nashville Scene in Elmington Park, Movies in the Park has been an annual event for over 20 years. This year they showed Space Jam, Finding Nemo, Pitch Perfect 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, all for free. This is a fantastic community event with food trucks, vendors, and games are on site. Keep an eye on Nashville Scene’s Facebook for 2017 updates.
Take some time this summer and visit these unique theaters. If you know of any other unique Middle Tennessee theaters we should check out let us know in the comments!