Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

Stax to Host Soul Cinema

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will be teaming up with Indie Memphis to screen three feature films scored by the late, great Isaac Hayes, who had been recording at the studio since the mid-60’s.

Hayes, who died in 2008 in his Memphis home, is one of the pioneers and stars of Stax Studios, along with fellow Soulsville classmates Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG’s, and more legendary musicians.

The three movies will take place over the next several months, each taking place at the Stax Museum, 926 E McLemore Ave, with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the show starting at 7:00. All shows will also be ‘pay-what-you-can.’


  • Truck Turner (1974)
    Monday, February 29th
    926 E McLemore Ave
    6:30 pm

Starring Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto and Nichelle Nichols.

Isaac Hayes puts his gun where his groove is in his role as professional football player turned bounty hunter Mack “Truck” Turner.

  • Three Tough Guys (1974)
    Monday, March 28th
    926 E McLemore Ave
    6:30 pm

Starring Isaac Hayes, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, and Lino Ventura 

Father Charlie is an ex-con who has been granted an exemption from canon law to become a priest. When a friend of his gets into trouble which looks suspiciously like a frame-up, Father Charlie decides to investigate, with or without the blessing of his bishop. His friend Lee Stevens (Isaac Hayes) is looking for the real culprit as well, and Father Charlie and Lee soon join forces.

  • Shaft (1971)
    Monday, April 25th
    926 E McLemore Ave
    6:30 pm

Starring Richard Roundtree and directed by Gordon Parks

Private detective John Shaft is hired by Harlem mobster Bumpy Jonas to find his kidnapped daughter. Bumpy has no idea who might have taken her but isn’t as forthcoming as he could be about his situation. Features the Academy Award-winning original theme song by Isaac Hayes.


Remember seating is limited so Stax advises arriving early. Each film does contain coarse language, adult situations (including nudity), and violence. Content is unsuitable for guests under the age of 17.

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