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The Brookhaven Theatre opened the week of October 24, 1937. THis was the first theatre I remember going too as a four years old in the late 50’s to see “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. I had an aunt that one time work in the box office. The theatre closed in the early 60’s when the Cherokee Theatre opened in Cherokee Plaza just south on Peachtree Street.
The Brookhaven reopen some time later as the “Brookhaven Art"
The theatre was torn down along with the rest of the business district on the west side of Peachtree in the mid 70’s to allow for removing the sharp curve in the road and widening. The rest of the business district on the other side was later torn down for the construction of the MArta Station.
The Fulton Theatre in Hapeville Georgia. Opened alround the week of March 26, 1939. Was located at Central Avenue and Virginia, Built for J.A. Ragsdale, and was leased by East Point Amusement Company.
Sylvan Theatre. Located at Slyvan Road and Dill Avenue. Opened the week of March 12, 1939, Built for George F. Longino, a College Park Banker, operated by East Point Amusement Company an interest of Lucus and Jenkins. Seating for 500.
The College Park Theatre. Lucus and Jenkins announce plans for a new theatre April 1, 1934. to seat 500. with construction to start in 30 days. So the theatre most likley opened in late 1935.
The Temple opened the first of December 1934.
The Kirkwood Theatre opened June 17, 1934 and was remodled and reopened on Feb 28, 1937.
The Center (later Central opened the week of April 8, 1936
The Cascade Theatre was located according to the newspaper article of the opening at 1346 Gordon Street and was designed by Robert and Company Architects of Atlanta for Lucus and Jenkins and opened in late MAy of 1935. The photos and blue prints (Somehow I came across the electrical and plumbing prints for the theatre as well as the specifications for same)I have of the theatre do not resemble the photograph posted by Jack Coursey. However that is not to say that it is incorrect, I plan a trip this weekend and see what I can find out.
The Palace theatre was the first of the suburban theatres that Alpha Fowler opened in the mid 1920’s He also opened the West End,Fairfax, and Tenth Street theatres. The Palace by 1928 had a small Kimball Theatre organ, I have an ad for the Palace stating “the little theatre with a big pipe organ” Somewhere in my notes I have the opening dates and the location, as soon as I can dig through them, I will post that information. From what I have been able to find out is that all these theatre’s had a somewhat spanish influence in there decorations
(Especially the Tenth Street)
Google up the Lane Brothers Photographic Collection Georgia State University. In a subseries of Movie Premiers there are many photos of Atlanta theaters that I think are advertising their films in the way that you are looking for,
The West End Theatre was built by Alpha Fowler and located on Lee Street next to the Masonic Hall. The theatre was in a somewhat Spanish design. The West End opened on November 23, 1925 with the film “Little Annie Rooney” starring Mary Pickford. The theatre also had a 2 manual 4 rank Robert Morton Theatre organ.
The Empire Theatre opened March 19, 1928 with the film “The Cohens and Kellys in Paris”. Located on Georgia AVe. and Crew. Alpha Fowler Management. This theatre could still be seen from the expressway in the early 1960’s. This whole area was cleared when Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was built. in the mid 60’s
The Fairfax Theatre opened the week of September 26, 1926. Alpha Fowler was the manager and also operated the Palace, West End, and Tenth Street theatres, which were other neighborhood houses in the Atlanta area. By 1929 Lucus and Jenkins had gained control of these theatres
The Ponce de Leon Theatre opened March 7, 1927 with the film “Hot Water” starring Harold Lloyd. And was located at Ponce de LEon and N. Boulevard. The Excelsior Mill was over on North Avenue across the street from the Sears store and next to the railroad bridge.
The Cameo opened on May 11,1925 with the Film “A Thief in Paradise”, starring Aileen Pringle and Ronald Coleman. Was located at 61 Peachtree Street
TO add to the posting by rwdaniel. Joe Patten had bought the theatre in the early 70’s with the intention operating the theatre and using some of the upstairs areas as an apartment. He had Charles Walker of Herchel HArrington Studio redecorate the inside so that it would look like a 1920’s Spanish Style Atmospheric House. The orginal interior was rather plane except for the multiple stacked cone light fixtures on the side walls. A Moller theatre organ was purchased and installed in chambers that were on either side of the stage. Yes it did have small stage of about 15 feet in depth. The lift was installed in what was one of the old floor furnace pits.
When the Fox Theatre was in danger of beening torn down. Joe pretty much forgot about the East Point so that he could devote his time to help Saving the Fox. When the 1978 ATOS convention was to be held in Atlanta, the local chapter worked to get the organ going for the convention, however there was just too much to do and not enough time.
After the convention the AtlantaATOS chapter did discuss possible purchase of the building but at that time the resources were not available to do so. The building was sold around 1980 to a man who was going to try and make a go of it. Only a couple of things were done. MOst notably the the theatre was rented for use in a film about Jim Jones.
The organ was purchased by an Atlanta Chapter ATOS member and was removed in the late 1980’s, This was before a fire destroyed the building next to the theatre. Fulton County Schools bought the porperty soon after and demolished the site for a proposed book storage facility.
Shortly befor the building was torn down the furnishings were sold off. There was a figure of a bell and two small statues that struck the bell. although looking like something very real turned out to be out of plaster and paper (This was originally a display piece at Rich’s Department Store. The plaster capitols on some of the columns were castings made for ones that once graced the Erlanger/Tower Theatre on Peachtree before it was gutted for Martin’s Cinerama.
The organ was in storage for a number of years and is now installed in the Rylander Theatre in Americus Georgia
Over the past year I have been doing a series of articles on Atlanta'a movie theatre’s that had pipe organs. These were published in the Atlanta Chapter ATOS newsletter. The Capitol is perhaps one of the least known of the larger movie palaces in Atlanta and hopefully I have included photographs of the interior and exterior along with information about the organ.
The article is on the chapter website for a limited time (one year)
and is in the April 2007 newsleter. Just go to the website and find that month in the newsletter section Hope you enjoy
Over the past year I have been doing a series of articles of Atlanta’s theatres that had pipe organ’s. These articles were published in the Atlanta Chapter ATOS newsletter. Not only is there a history of the organ but also a history of the theatre along with photo’s of the interior and exterior, and in this case its demolition. The Keith’s Georgia/Roxy article is covered in two newsletters.
The articles are on the chapters web site for a limited time (1 year)
Just go to the newsletter portion of the website and pull up the January 2007 and the Febuary 2007 newsletters. Hope you enjoy.
Over the past year I have been doing a series of articles on Atlanta’s movie theatre’s that had pipe organs in them. These articles were published in the Atlanta Chapter ATOS newsletter. In these articles I tried to include not only a history of the organ but also some of the history of the theatre along with many photo’s of both interior and exterior. The Howard/Paramount covers two issues.
Oct. 2006 and MAy 2007. These article are only on the chapters web site for a limited time (1 year)Just go to the newsletter portion of the website and click on the month and then search through the newsletter for the article.
The Cameo opened in 1925 as second run house. Located on Peachtree street the Cameo repalced a drug store. The theatre interior was designed by the firm of Hentz, Reid, and Alder (architects of the Howard,later Paramount located just up the street)
The design of the theatre reused some of the wall treatments of the drug store. The theatre remained in business through the depression and into the early 1950’s. The building was demolished in the early 1970’S when Central City Park -Now known as Woodriff Park was built.
Photo’s of the building as it was being torn down show some of the wall treatments still exsisted.
For more on the Atlanta Paramount/Howard Theatre go to the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society’s web site and pull up the October 2006 Newsletter. Many photographs of the interior.
For more on the history of the Atlanta Roxy go to the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society January 2007 Newsletter