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Shannon 7 opened in 1980 ( so did Shannon Mall) as Shannon 4. I grew up going to this theather, In fact I went there the first week it was opened ( I saw the Last flight of Noah’s Arc). It added 3 more screens in the late 80s. The last movie I saw there was Halloween H2O. It died in ‘98. It was borded up until recently when it became a church. Ten years ago, Shannon Mall had two seperate theathers (Shannon 8). Now both are closed down. Shannon Mall is on life support. Half of the Mall is closed and the rest is like a strip mall. Was booming in the 80s now I dont know how it is surviving.
The Theather opened up in the fall of'84. I saw alot of good movie there. It closed in 2000. Now boarded up. Sad.
This was my favorite Theather even though I have only been once ( I saw some Kung Fu Movie) and it is like a blurr. As a kid (and now an Adult) I love Horror and Kung Fu Movies (also blaxplotation Movies). As a kid, I always would look forward to the Friday edition of the Atlanta Journal to look in the movie section to see what was playing at the Rialto. It was a Grindhouse for horror, Kung Fu and Blaxplotation movies. a rough crowd went to the Riaito so that is why I went once a child. The Theather closed in ‘89 with “ Punkinhead” as the last movie to ever play there. The theather was boarded up untill '95 When Georgia State bought it and turned it into a concert Hall. I sure do miss that Theather. I wish some one would open up a Grindhouse theather in Atlanta in the tradition of the Rialto. I thiink it would be a hit.
I grew up going to this Theather. I saw movies like Grizzy, Phantasm, Empire Strikes Back , Terminator and the list goes on. It was a tripple in the early 70s and added another auditorium in late 70s. In ‘83, The theather added 2 more screens. As time went on, the area started to get rough and in '97 , Service Merchidise (which was next door to Old National) closed along with other stores in the large complex. That was the nail in the coffin for Old National. Now the theather and the shopping complex is a wasteland/Ghost Town. The Theather is all boarded up and I find it a disgrace that it died out. Very sad.
Great theather for Low budget Horror/kung fu movies. The theather still stands along with the shopping Center but it looks like a post nucluer fallout. Very sad to see it like that.
This was a great Theather. I went there as a small child during the 70s till it closed in ‘89. I saw many of movies there… Star Wars, King Kong 76, The Deep, Inframan, Enter the Ninja etc. The theather became a dollar theather in '84. The last move I saw there was Hellraiser 2. After it closed, it became Comcast Cable. Now it is a medical center. I sure do miss it.