Monthlong Memphis movie history celebration starts Monday
It’s time for the 2015 installment of the History of Memphis Movie Theatres, an annual cinema-centric celebration by Memphis Heritage (memphisheritage.org).
The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is participating with an informative presentation by Linn Sitler and Sharon Fox O'Guin about making movies in Memphis.
This year — the 100th anniversary of the venerable Malco Theatres — topics will look at the development of movie theaters in the suburbs, the buildings of Theatre Row, what happened to old movie houses now that they've grown up, how to make a movie in Memphis and why our historic properties are important to the film industry … and lots more.
The series will be held on Mondays throughout March. Here’s the lineup:
March 2: Memphis at the Movies-1930-1960, "A Theatre Near You" is a nostalgic journey to the neighborhood theatres. Presented by Vincent Astor, author of "Memphis Movie Theatres" and charter member of MH.
March 9: Film Row, what the public doesn't see. Several alumni from Film Row will discuss the history and importance of this district in the distribution, shipping and mechanics of presenting films.
March 16: From Films to Stages, Adaptive Reuse. The re-purposing and maintenance of two historic movie theatre buildings-the Circuit/Memphian building and the Evergreen/Ritz building. Playhouse on the Square Executive Producer Jackie Nichols will talk about converting these two 1920s neighborhood theatres into performing spaces.
March 23: Malco Theatres, Inc., A Century of Cinema. Malco Theatres, Inc., is one of the last family-operated theatre circuits in America. Their first theatre was opened in 1915 and Malco has been based in Memphis since 1929. Vincent Astor will present an overview of its history and influence in Memphis and the Mid-South.
March 30: Movies Made in Memphis, Now Showing (and Being Shown). Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler and Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O'Guin will showcase Memphis' importance as a location for contemporary films. We have invited a very special surprise guest to this presentation. Watch MHI's Facebook page for updates.
The series fills up fast so be sure to register early. Tickets are $50 for MHI members, $65 for non-members. Non-MHI Members can join now and register for $85.
Registration is for the complete series; individual presentation tickets are not available. Presentation size is limited, so register now. To register, mail checks to Memphis Heritage, Inc. at 2282 Madison, Memphis, TN 38104; for credit card registration, call (901) 272-2727. To register now and pay securely on our web site, go to www.memphisheritage.org.preservation-series-2015 and follow the PayPal instructions.