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Wasn’t the Centre razed a while back and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art built on this site?
I’ve got a listing from a 1952 directory showing a Pike Theatre at 4200 Kingston Pike. Is this the same as mentioned above? This Kingston Pike area appears to have the most growth in theatre construction in Knox County since the late 1960s.
Thank you for the update and correction. Although I’ve been able reference some IMPAs in the main libraries of most major cities, I haven’t had much luck in getting hold of criss cross and other such directories for out of state cities. Didn’t get a chance to hit the Atlanta library during my last visit in the area. Greatly appreciate you effort in checking this out and getting it straight. Were the screens at either of these Sandy Springs theatres comparable to the main screens in any of the newer megaplexs?
You can view a 2005 photo of the Mecca at http://www.flickr.com/photos/maincourse/23521206/
A 2005 photo of the original entrance to the theatre from Woodland Street can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/maincourse/22960067/ There is a photograph on file at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library of the Woodland when it was still a theatre and before these unsightly additions were made to the faÃ§ade.
Here are a couple of photos from spring 2005 of the Madison Square: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maincourse/22960058/
There is a theatre in Madison, TN that Loews opened about this same time. The lobby of the Madison is smaller than the Tara, but it appears to have about the same seating capacity. There is a 2005 photo of the Loewâ€™s Madison at http://www.flickr.com/photos/maincourse/22960058/
Great article! I vaguely recall a cinema on Dale Mabry that might be the one in the photo beneath the Tara. Although I cannot recall the name of the theatre, I distinctly remember that it had been acquired by General Cinema and converted into a twin. When I visited it Saturday Night Fever was playing in one auditorium and Looking for Mr. Goodbar was screening in the second.
Curious as to why the other Loews Atlanta theatre, the 12 Oaks, wasn’t mentioned in this article.
Was unable to locate the Bluebonnet a couple of years ago when I was in the Houston area. It appears to have been demolished some years ago.
The Garden Oaks was still in operation through the 1990s. The theatre has grown old gracefully and dispite years of neglect, she is still a beauty. The theatre was never split, but a second auditorium was added right off the lobby in a space that was previously used for retail.
Was this that Excelsior mill place that popped up during the 70s?
I do not know if the building still exist, but the address is still good and I think it was north of the high school. Will check it out next time I’m in Marthasville and let ya’ll know my findings.
A couple of 2005 photos of this theatre can be viewed at: View link
I believe that the Sandy Springs was in the former Hammond Square location. I faintly recall there being a Burger King and something akin to a Home Depot in the same complex. Both the building and marquee were still there in the 1990s, but all indicators that a cinema resided there had long since gone. Much of the general structure of the theatre was retained in its conversion to a racquetball centre.
I think the mini cinema was near the Johnson Ferry/Mt. Vernon intersection, but some of the locals insist that the Comedy Spot is the original cinema site. If my memory serves me right, it was built as a twin, similar to the one on Candler Road across from the South Dekalb Mall.
Here’s a recent photo of the Franklin: View link
Here are a couple of photos made during the demolishion of the Paramount: View link
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