The 2015 Memphis Heritage’s Preservation Series will meet on all five Mondays in March from 6.45pm til 8:30pm.

In the press:


Our theme this year: “Memphis, Movie Hub of the Mid-South”

preservation 2015As a  follow up to Vincent Astor’s sold out History of Memphis Movie Theatres (the early years) from two years ago and to honor the Malco Theatres for their 100 years, we will spend evenings discussing  things like…. development of movie theaters in the burbs, what are the buildings of Theatre Row anyhow?  What happened to those movie houses now that they’ve grown up?  How do you make a movie in Memphis and why are our historic properties important to the film industry and lots more.

Our 2015’s annual series will be on March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and will feature panel presentations:

Monday, March 2:  Memphis at the Movies–1930-1960, “A Theatre Near You” a nostalgic journey to the neighborhood theatres. Presented by Vincent Astor, author of “Memphis Movie Theatres” and charter member of MH.

Monday, 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.

IMG_4328-620x826Monday, March 16:  From Films to Stages, Adaptive Reuse.  The repurposing 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.

Monday, 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.

Monday, March 30:  Movies Made in Memphis, Now Showing (and Being Shown)  Linn Sitler – Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner and Sharon Fox O’Guin – Deputy Film Commissioner 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 registration fee is $50 for MHI members and $65 for non-members.  Registration is for the complete series; individual class tickets are not available.

To register: call (901) 272-2727


$50 for existing MHI members

$65 for non members

$85 to join and sign up for the series