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JackCoursey commented about Tara Cinemas on Jun 4, 2005 at 2:10 am

Why not revert the main auditorium back to a single screen and put in statium seating? Was the main auditorium originally configured for cinerama? I never had the fortune to visit the theatre during the very few years it was a single screen.

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JackCoursey commented about Emory Theatre on Jun 4, 2005 at 1:20 am

The last theatres I knew of which were equipped with 70mm were the Fox, Tara, 12 Oaks, Delk, Towne Center, the Plitt Phipps Plaza, Stone Mount Twin and Merchants Walk. This was back in the late 70s, early 80s. I’m pretty sure the Fox still has 70MM and possibly the Tara. Was the North Dekalb about the same layout as the Lakewood? What was the capacity seating for these the theatres both prior to and after conversion to twins?

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JackCoursey commented about Emory Theatre on Jun 3, 2005 at 4:19 am

Storey, not Story, got it! Didn’t they also run a couple of theatres in Tennessee and Alabama as well?
Bummer about the closing of the Delk. Was there when it was being built in the 1980s. One of the last theatres constructed in the area with curtains that actually worked and 70mm projection.

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JackCoursey commented about Fifth Avenue Theatre on Jun 3, 2005 at 4:03 am

Have received word that the Fifth Avenue building still exist, but no word to date as to what, if any, of the theatres' interiors are still intact. Please update if you have any additional information.

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JackCoursey commented about Emory Theatre on Jun 3, 2005 at 2:56 am

My murky memory is beginning to solidify! I do remember Laura Antonelli although I don’t recall any of her films right off hand. I am still unable to recall the interior of the Emory, but the description of the North Dekalb was right on the mark. What ever became of the Story chain? Didn’t they also own a couple of television stations, like WAGA in Atlanta?

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JackCoursey commented about Peachtree Art Theatre on Jun 3, 2005 at 2:31 am

Thank you all! I do recall the Weis. It was located on the corner of Peachtree and 13th about ½ block down from Colony Square. Rather cryptic account of Ms Mitchell. It’s been a very long time since I have heard this story and it strikes a cord. She was one swell gal.

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JackCoursey commented about Emory Theatre on Jun 2, 2005 at 8:19 pm

The association between the Emory & North Dekalb was based on my finite memory of the theatres. In that both have been gone for over twenty years and with no available photographs of the theatres in which to reference, I posted a log on each in hopes that someone can help fill in the spots that time has erased. What I recall is that both had a stark white foyer and lobby and, for lack of a better description, an understated colonial theme. Prior to North Dekalbs’ conversion to a twin, didn’t it have the same type of stage as the Emory?

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JackCoursey commented about Peachtree Art Theatre on Jun 2, 2005 at 3:03 am

Do you happen to know where on 13th Street the theatre is/was located and if it is still standing? I have one listing for an Art Cinema at 293 Peachtree St NW, but I think this was an adult cinema.

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JackCoursey commented about Royal Theatre on Jun 1, 2005 at 12:53 am

Good golly this place is swell! How much of the interior is still intact?

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JackCoursey commented about Ritz Theater on May 28, 2005 at 6:01 am

I know of only 2 theatres in Livingston at this point in time, the Livingston and the Classic. The Livingston was located at 306 Broad St and the Classic (which is now a restaurant) at 104 W. Court Square. Will post if I come across anything more.

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JackCoursey commented about Gordon Theatre on May 25, 2005 at 7:27 pm

Here’s (atlantatimemachine.com/commercialbldgs/gtheatre.htm )a now & then photo of the Gorden from the Georgia State Unv. photo archive. Strange it’s uncanny resemblance to the West End.

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JackCoursey commented about Garden Hills Theatre on May 25, 2005 at 7:20 pm

You can view now and then photos of the thearte at View link

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JackCoursey commented about Paramount Theatre on May 23, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Thank you for the update. I had been to the Howard when it was the Cinerama, Atlanta, and Columbia, but never the Paramount in that it was long gone before I came along. I recall on more than one visit to the former Howard being told that it had gone through several names and remodeling since it first opened. The photograph appearing at the top of this page is almost identical to one I saw in Atlanta of the Howard, hence the mistake on my part. The photo from the Georgia State archives showing with the marquee of the Loews just to the right of the Paramount indeed confirms that the Howard was a separate entity. Thus said, which is/was the correct address for the Paramount, 583 Peachtree Rd NE or 169 Peachtree St NE?

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JackCoursey commented about Ritz Theater on May 23, 2005 at 4:44 am

Were there 2 Ritz theatres in Memphis? I have one on file with an address of 1705 Poplar Ave. Are these both the same?

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JackCoursey commented about Plaza Theatre on May 23, 2005 at 4:31 am

Is the Bookstar still open? The Belle Meade Bookstar closed over a year ago & will soon be gutted. About how many would the Plaza seat?

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JackCoursey commented about Luez Theatre on May 23, 2005 at 3:26 am

The website is http://www.timelesstribute.net/pages/6/ (you’ll need to scroll down to the bottom of the page for information on the theatre. To the best of my knowledge the theatre primarly shows english films without subtitles.

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JackCoursey commented about Phipps Plaza Theater on May 17, 2005 at 4:13 am

The address for the Phipps is 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. When ABC Southeastern debuted the Plaza 1969 it was a single “very wide” screen theatre. In the mid 1970s Plitt took over operation of the theatre and split the auditorium down the centre in one of the best “twining” jobs I ever saw. In 1973 the Phipps Penthouse was constructed adjacent to the existing theatre in the upper north wing of the mall. The Penthouse had its own ticket booth and lobby. Both ABC and Plitt ran an excellent operation a Phipps Plaza. When the mall went through a major remolding in the early 1990s, the theatres were demolished and a department store now resides in their former site. AMC opened a 14-screen theatre in the mall around 1992.

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JackCoursey commented about Belmont Theatre on May 17, 2005 at 1:48 am

Very late 50s or early 60s. I don’t recall the theatre having anything distintive like the streamline design used during the mid 40s to mid 50s. I kinda remember the Belmont being like the old Village over in Chamblee, but on a much smaller scale.

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JackCoursey commented about Lefont Toco Hills Theater on May 5, 2005 at 4:18 pm

I don’t know if these properties are on the market, but you might want to check them out. They are vintage theatres and to the best of my knowledge are not currently being used for either live performances or film exhibition:
Hilan Theatre on 800 N Highland, Atlanta
Kirkwood Theatre on Kirkwood, SE Atlanta
Towne Cinema, Avondale Estates
Cobb Cinema on S Cobb Dr in Smyrna
Cobb, about 3 doors down from the Stand on the square in Marietta
Temple on Cherokee Ave SE near Grant Park

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JackCoursey commented about Cinema 16 on May 5, 2005 at 12:37 am

The Avondale Mall Cinema 16 address is 3604 Memorial Dr 30032. The theatre was built in what was formally a Macys store. It opened in 1997 and promptly closed 3 years later.

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JackCoursey commented about Towne Cinema on May 4, 2005 at 8:07 pm

I’ll say it’s about 98% certain that they are one and the same. Avondale Estates, which is theoretically Decatur, is relatively small, both geographically and demographically, and not well suited for more than one theatre. Also although there currently is no Main St listed in Avondale Estates, it is possible that Avondale Rd was at one point Main St.

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JackCoursey commented about Coronet Theater on May 4, 2005 at 3:19 am

The Coronet was part of the Eastern Federal chain. It opened in 1969 and closed in 1980. It’s address was 630 Peachtree St NE 30380.

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JackCoursey commented about East Point Theatre on May 3, 2005 at 3:13 pm

Thank you for your findings and comments. My lament is not with any individual or resource, but with the lack of a standard in street addressing. This matter with the East Point is by no means unique. I have encountered incidences in which both the street number and street name have changed, but the all the structures residing on the spot remain. It’s in incidence like these one gains an understanding of like Melville’s Billy Budd emotion upon the discover that his map, though a true and precise guide at the time it was written, could provide no direction to the subsequent generations which had come of age since its initial release. In my own research, I go with the current address (for geo coding) and record any other addresses under historical data. Hopefully this geo-coding will spare future generations of budding researchers of having to incur this dilemma.

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JackCoursey commented about Madison Theatre on May 3, 2005 at 2:14 am

The seating I quoted was from an article on the restoration of the theatre and what the projected seating would be once the project was complete. I’ll go with the FDY on this one.

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JackCoursey commented about East Point Theatre on May 3, 2005 at 2:05 am

This thing with the renumbering of streets is an on going hassle. I was a regular patron of the East Point from the early 1960s up until it was leveled. When I came upon this disparity of address, I yanked up every directory I could find during a last visit to Atlanta a few weeks ago and checked it our with a couple of area natives. Consensus at this point is for the 1493 Jefferson. Jefferson Ave is only a couple of miles long and runs from 1071 to 1598, nothing in the 3 digits range. The natives say that the town only had 2 theatres: Fairfax and the Russell (aka East Point) and think that the Church St address might belong to the Fairfax.