Tuesday News Update: Black Lodge Is Back Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 20th 2016 3866 0

Updated  September 2018

Update: A year after this post was published, it became clear that that Cooper Young plans for Black Lodge Video fell through, and owner Matthew Martin announced that the Lodge would reopen on New Year’s 2017/18 in a location on Cleveland near the Crosstown Concourse.

The beloved video store, previously located in Cooper Young, closed in 2015. If didn’t get a chance to experience the odd perfection of a real-life, old-school video rental store before then, read this post and then stay tuned as I’ll do my best to keep y’all up to date on their progress and find out the exact location of the new Lodge.

Happy Tuesday! From a Black Lodge Video announcement to a Chopped casting call to a Mike Conley shaped maze, here is today’s Memphis news update.

– First off, tonight: gather your pals and come play Cerrito Trivia’s Memphis Match Game with me at the Rec Room at 8 p.m. Your team will try to match Memphis trivia answers with a panel of locals including yours truly. It’s totally free, for 18+, and you can get more info here. Be sure to say hi!


– According to the Creative Memphis Podcast, Black Lodge Video’s founder and owner Matt Martin plans to reopen the old-school film rental institution in a new location in Cooper Young. This is what we know:

  • The new shop will be on York in Cooper Young, near Goner Records and 901 Comics
  • They’ll offer one-time rental fees as well as a $10/month subscription service
  • They plan to serve beer and wine and have a film screening area
  • They plan to open by Halloween, or the end of 2016 at the latest
  • Matt discusses a lot more about Black Lodge and the state of the film rental/streaming business and it’s crazy interesting, so be sure to listen to the whole interview here.

Ye Olde Black Lodge Collection

– WEVL 40 Fest is on October 8 at Loflin Yard from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be five bands, including Julien Baker. Read more here.

– Want to be on Chopped? The Food Network show is looking for Memphis chefs to sign up.

– In October, Historical Haunts will offer two nights of tours of the Masonic Temple downtown. Tickets.

Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple

– Yahoo! has included Memphis on a list of places where “Your Paycheck Goes The Furthest”. In fact, we’re number two on the list.

– This week, Chef Shuttle will donate  100 percent of their delivery fee to St. Jude. See menus and place your order here.

– This Saturday is the first-ever Music Export Memphis event at Americana Fest (a big industry event) in Nashville. The group will go to show off during a picnic and music showcase. Read more here.

– Tickets are now on sale for Art on Fire at the Dixon.

– Local blues band Eric Hughes Band has an IndieGoGo to help produce their latest album. Give back and help make some beautiful music here.

– Did you miss the “Raiders” documentary at Indie Memphis last year? (The one about the awesome kids who remade an Indiana Jones film.) They’re showing the remake this Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at the Halloran Centre. Get tix.

– This weekend is the last one for Beauty & The Beast musical at Theatre Memphis. They have showings Thursday – Saturday night and also matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Get tix.

– Big congrats to Memphians Logan Guleff and Moziah “Mo” Bridges for being named to Fortune’s “18 Under 18” list! Listen to the podcast with Mo here.

– MATA has a new route that will run through Shelby Farms on Saturdays and Sundays. See a map.

– Sprock ‘n’ Roll now offers Progressive Dinner Tours and Brunch Tours in midtown and downtown, as well as an “Artsy Fartsy” tour where you can create art before you pedal around drinking. Check out the options for the party bike here.


Photo provided by Sprock ‘n’ Roll

– Dan Conaway has published his annual “A Tasteful List” of his favorite Memphis restaurant dishes. Check it out.

– The Mid-South Maze (of corn) is now open. Tonight, they’re having a shindig with live music, beer, and an appearance by Mike Conley, who’s the theme of the maze this year.


– This upcoming weekend (Sept. 23 – 25) is another bonkers one. Don’t miss the Block Party for Peace, Breakfest (it will sell out), Tamale Fest, Repair Days at the Metal Museum, Ultimate Scavenger Memphis, MEMFix on Film Row (downtown by the Civil Rights Museum), the Mid-South Fair, Memphis v. Bowling Green football game,  Collierville Brewfest, 30 Days of Opera, and more.

That’s it for today. Very soon, I’ll have posts up about fall music festivals, Oktoberfests, Halloween events, and more.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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