Loew's Grand Theatre

157 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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TLSLOEWS on June 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the 2 great links Tinseltoes.

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Marcus Loew was born on this date in 1870.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on March 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Incredible photos. Makes me sad. I use to go to the Loew’s Grand in the 70’s when they played all those black exploitation and exorcism movies. There was something special about being in that theatre. Of course it hadn’t been restored and was going down hill, but even a marginal movie playing there felt like an event of some kind. What a shame the city of Atlanta couldn’t see the specialness in that theatre. They destroyed another movie palace around the same time called the ROXY theatre. It just sickens me, even to this day.

TLSLOEWS on March 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Nice to see interior photo thanks again Alonzo.

TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Great photos Alonzo, the first photo looks like the World Premire of Gone With The Wind,my grandmother was there that night, she also bought a brick from the building when it was razed,I wish I knew what happened to it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The lobby and the topless go go might have been in bad shape after the fire, but judging from those photos, the auditorium itself appears to have been in decent condition.

TLSLOEWS on March 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for posting the photos Alonzo.

jeterga on March 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

Atlanta, Ga.: Jan. 31, 1978 – A passer-by pauses in front of the burned out shell of Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta Tuesday morning after the theater was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. The movie ‘Gone With the Wind’ premiered at the theater in December, 1939 and a street adjacent to the theater was named Margaret Mitchell Sq. in honor of the author. ( 1978

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Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on February 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

@ChrisD, I believe it was intentional. Atlanta has very little regard for it’s history or preservation.

bigjoe59 on February 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

one can’t help but wonder if the fire in 1978 that heavily
damaged the theater and lead to its demolition was as we call
them in New York City a “business fire”(hint,hint).

TLSLOEWS on November 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Mike, My Grandmother had a brick from the building she bought after it was torn down after the fire,she attended the “World Primier” of Gone with the Wind in 1939,ture story,wish I knew what happened to it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

This from a Jan.21 1926 ad on the LOEW’S GRAND. “5-HIGH CLASS ACTS” “VAUDEVILLE” and selected features.Photoplays,News Events.“A link in the chain of more than 356 Theatres owned and Constructed by Loew’s Inc.”{i could hardly make out that number,it could be off a bit,guys.}

TLSLOEWS on August 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Too bad there are not more photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

NO protests in AUGUSTA,GEORGIA were i worked the film.THE Marquee said THE LEGEND OF BLACK CHARLIE even though i said i t should be what was one the one sheets out side,We did not change them like they did on 100 RIFLES with Jim Brown and Raquel Welch,when it played at the MILLER across the street.

In 1975 times were bad at the GRAND as well other downtown theatres playing at the GRAND… THE HOUSE OF SKULL MOUNTAIN rated PG shows at 1 2;40, 4:25, 6:15,8:00 and 9:45. My how the mighty have fallen.

TLSLOEWS on November 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Lost Memory, thats some funny stuff, in this day of politically correctness I am glad that I did not have to install the letters on that marquee in Atlanta,they did not even let the black actors in “Gone with the Wind” at the “ World Premier” in 1939 as posted above.If there were any protests it only helped at the box office.People got to see what was so bad about the movie.Thanks to the protesters.I worked one movie at the LOEWS CRESCENT that was protested in Nashville, Tennessee. An Al Pacino movie" Crusing"A local preacher was shown on the local news opening night, the next week we were swamped, until it died off it was a pretty bad movie.

TLSLOEWS on November 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Great pictures on this site the 1972 shot of the marquee shows a movie title that would not be used today. Interesting to see also that the Vertical sign was gone and the marquee had been replaced using the 70’s style LOEWS sign.

Don K.
Don K. on August 4, 2009 at 10:17 am

“Someone once said that ‘growing up in Georgia is like watching your past being hauled away in a dump truck’.

Sad but true."

That’s a quote from Doug Monroe’s column “The Monroe Doctrine” in ATLANTA MAGAZINE, for May, 2003. Let me urge you to look up the issue at the library and read the entire piece. He really sums up the dilemma of living in what he accurately calls “a temporary town”. Atlanta has sacrificed much of its character for dubious attempts at achieving progress. The results have sometimes been questionable, at best.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 2:51 am

I was lucky enough to see many films in this theatre before it closed and eventually tore down. Of course, by that time, the type of films that were being shown were grind house, horror and exploitation movies, but that was okay. The thrill of those days being young and taken downtown to this theatre was one I’ll never forget.

Someone once said that “growing up in Georgia is like watching your past being hauled away in a dump truck”.

Sad but true.
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Don K.
Don K. on May 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Thank you, Warren! Having grown up in Atlanta, it was the stuff of legends! Margaret Mitchell literally put Atlanta on the map! The newsreel footage of the event is absolutely remarkable! Make sure you see the documentary that Turner Television produced that is now included on the DVD edition. The color footage of Peachtree Street is worth the price of admission, so to speak!

Don K.
Don K. on May 16, 2009 at 7:15 am

Here is a link to a photo of the fire at the Loews Grand in 1978:
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