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JackCoursey commented about Paramount Theatre on May 23, 2005 at 12:33 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 22, 2005 at 8:44 pm

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 Theater on May 22, 2005 at 8:31 pm

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 22, 2005 at 7:26 pm

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 16, 2005 at 8:13 pm

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 16, 2005 at 5:48 pm

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 8:18 am

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 4, 2005 at 4:37 pm

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 12:07 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 3, 2005 at 7:19 pm

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 7:13 am

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 2, 2005 at 6:14 pm

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 2, 2005 at 6:05 pm

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.

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JackCoursey on Apr 14, 2005 at 7:03 pm

The Circle happened to be a venue for live theatre rather than film. The Circle theatre company is still performs in the Nashville area.

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JackCoursey commented about Woodbine Theatre on Apr 8, 2005 at 8:12 pm

Both the Woodbine and the Centre theater on Thompson Rd were apparently part of a large complex then known as the Navy Separation Center on Thompson Road. I made a visit to this area on Tuesday. Both theaters have been demolished. A bank now resides where the Woodbine once stood and a Nissan dealership blankets the ground where the Centre was anchored.

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JackCoursey commented about Center Theatre on Apr 8, 2005 at 8:06 pm

Listed as “The Centre” in the entertainment section of the November 26,1947 edition of the Nashville Good News Weekly. Both the Centre and the Nolensville Rd Woodbine were apparently part of a large complex then known as the Navy Separation Center on Thompson Road. I made a visit to this area on Tuesday. Both theaters have been demolished. A bank now resides where the Woodbine once stood and a Nissan dealership blankets the ground where the Centre was anchored.

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JackCoursey commented about Capri Twin Theatre on Mar 31, 2005 at 6:33 pm

This one is headed for the wreaking ball. A new Sprall Mart is slated to be built on the site were what remains of the mall resides.

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JackCoursey commented about Oldham Theater on Mar 25, 2005 at 5:27 pm

I’ve haven’t been able to locate this theatre in either the Flim Daily Yearbook or IMPA. Does anyone know what year the Oldham opened and how many it seated?

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JackCoursey commented about Prytania Theater on Mar 22, 2005 at 7:18 pm

Attended a screening of Wings Of The Dove here when I was student at Tulane. Without doubt, one of, if not the best venue for screening foreign and art films in the United States. The theater is intimate and comfortable. The auditorium is equipped with a small balcony and a shadow box screen. Worth the price of admission just to go in and view this marvel.
Does anyone know of any sites with interior and exterior photos of the Prytania?

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JackCoursey commented about Glen Art Theatre on Mar 21, 2005 at 8:20 pm

Was the original auditorium entirely gutted or is it hidden behind sheetrock and drapes? The interior of the theatre looks a bit drab and uninviting.

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JackCoursey commented about Cinema South 4 on Mar 14, 2005 at 8:37 pm

The recently razed Outer Limit resided at 3758 Nolensville Rd. Pretty sure this is the corret address in that club strongly resembled a 70s style twin theatre.

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JackCoursey commented about Cinema North 6 on Mar 14, 2005 at 8:21 pm

I have a listing from an old Polk directory for a Cinema North at 703 Two Mile Parkway. The 4030 Nolensville Pike address matches up for the closed Carmike Harding Mall 6 (aka Barnabas Cinemas). Was Cinema North the orginal name of the Harding Mall cinema?

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JackCoursey commented about Capri Twin Theatre on Mar 14, 2005 at 7:38 pm

Was this theatre later expanded to become the Harding Mall 6 or did it exist elsewhere in the Harding Mall?

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JackCoursey commented about Fifth Avenue Theatre on Mar 10, 2005 at 8:07 pm

There was also a Rex Theatre located in this same area. Is it possible that these theatres are the same?

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JackCoursey commented about Grove Theater on Mar 10, 2005 at 7:42 pm

The theatre website is http://www.thegrovetheater.com/index.php