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My concern is with the independent exhibitors who are usually more amp to risk booking films that corporate muptiplexs wouldnâ€™t touch. Will the independents continue to have this autonomy or will they be limited to whatâ€™s on-line (think of that dreadful offerings on pay per view)?
The entrances and marquees reflect the changes in the operation of the theatre. During the period it was called the Woodbine (est. 1955-1960), the entrance was on Meridian Street. When it was called the Roxy (est. 1940-1955), the entrance was on Wilburn Street. I believe that the Tenesseean (Nashvilleâ€™s daily) has at least one photo of the theatre made when it was in operation, but the copyright charge to have it posted on the web is a bit costly.
This broadcast digital format you speak of appears to be right around the corner. The way I understand it is that the studios are going to provide existing exhibitors with the hook ups and projection devices for free and recoup their cost by eliminating celluloid and the processes that go along with it. Cinemas, which come on line after this gratis period, will be responsible for purchasing this equipment on their own. There are a lot of pros and cons to this new form of technology, but it appears inevitable. I doubt that it will ever replace the cinema theatre. Although both television and the proliferation of home video and DVD impacted the cinema theatre it did not eliminate it. The cinema theatre it is an environment that cannot be replicated in a residential structure.
The College Park data came from an archive directory and the posting was to see if anyone had any additional information on the theatre. Although I don’t reside in Georgia, I do make a couple of visits to the state each year. I too had friends who resided in the tri city area during the 60s and 70s as well and the theatres were the East Point (aka Russell) and the Roosevelt Drive In. Since the College Park closed in the 50s, it was â€œout of sight, out of mindâ€ and without cause for discussion at the time. To date I have learned that the closing of the college in College Park was a serious blow to the city and its economic base and might have contributed to the demise of the theatre. I will update the site as more information comes available.
Here’s a shot from spring 2005. Does anyone have any interior photos available for posting? View link
Here is a current photo of the former Roxy: View link
Here is a current photo of the Madison Art Centre: View link
Here is a current photo of the former Melrose. Note its striking resemblance to the Belle Meade: View link
Here is a current photo of the former Roxy/Woodbine. Note the street names on the corner sign: View link
I agree, but I wanted to get confirmation. I came across a thread that seemed to imply that the Glen and Decatur were one of the same, but upon reviewing the photo of the Decatur, I figured that unless the Decatur went through some major renovations, it was not the Glen. Thanks for your help. How much of the Glen is still in tact and is/was there anything distinctive about it? All that I can recall is the giant neon lettering on the facade. I never patronized the Glen because by the time I discovered it, it had degenerated into a very sleazy porno shop.
Was this ever know as the Glenn or Glennwood?
A 2005 photo of this theatre can be viewed at:
A 2005 photo of this theatre can be viewed at View link
Here’s a recent shot of the 7 Stages with the Variety Theatre in the background: View link
Belle Meade is incorperated into Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County. Try View link
Here is a current photo of the Capri: View link
Here is a current photo of the Mi De Ga: View link
Here is a very recent photo of the theatre:http://www.flickr.com/photos/92318075@N00/17496497/in/photostream/. It is currently slated to become a grocery store.
Sorry, make that View link
A 2004 photo of the Polk can be viewed at View link
Here’s a shot of the Cobb circa 12/04 or 12/03 View link
I think the Ben Hill (est.1970 ?) was part of the Eastern Federal from the get go (they’re attempt to cash in on the Greenbrier Mall/Westgate market controlled by the Georgia Theatre chain.) I recall seeing Willy Wonka there during its initial run. Aside from the fact that both the Ben Hill and Stonemont began and ended their careers as twins, I don’t think there were any other similarities between the two.
Since the North Springs is still somewhat intact (based on a cursory view of the property last year) do you think it could be fitted for Cinerama?
Thanks Sam! The ABC theatres were my favourite circuit during my tenure in Marthasville. Didn’t they also build a triple down around Morrow before Plitt bought them out?