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My mother in law went to school with Gene Wilder btw. Anyway, she remembers attending this theater all the time with her sister. It only costs a nickel. That’s where they were when World War II was declared. They stopped the show and everyone went home. She was only 9 at the time and her sister was 11. She thinks the Manager put the radio in front of the public address system because she remembers hearing President Roosevelt speaking. It was a very scary day.
My mother in law remembers going to the theater as a child and my husband remembers it later, when it was a porn theater. His mother has just found out that he attended this theater. I think the statute of limitations has just run out on this though!
My mother in law remembers that this was the theater that you “shouldn’t go in” because it was so risque. We had great fun trying to find this tonight! It made her night, remembering something so “taboo”.
This photo, above, is my late grandmother’s apartment (ok, my husband’s grandmother, but mine too!) WOW!
I have several photos of the abandoned mall that I took on an UrbEx visit to Milwaukee in 2012. I saw several films there in the 1990’s, as my sister in law lived next door. The area has gone downhill a great deal, but my husband’s families synagogue is almost next door to the abandoned mall.
I am 99% sure that this is where I saw my first film, ever- a re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" I’m pretty sure it was the 30 year release in 1969. I know that Lafayette Blvd. was close to my grandparent’s house and the Lafayette Club, where we used to swim. No one who was with me (my Nana and my Mom) are around to ask, but from what I remember, that’s the place. Does anyone know if this was close to a Chinese restaurant? Not Si Gi, but the other one??
When I went to visit family in Norfolk, the Janaf was the place to watch films. Spent many enjoyable days with my cousins or my grandfather watching movies there.
We have attended many music shows over the years at the Variety. It’s a great venue for music. Only problem is that the restrooms- over the original vintage- are upstairs and hard for us old people to get to. The building has all its structural integrity, but no adornments.
Had the pleasure of attending a play there with my students in 2011 and it was wonderful to see this structure maintained. I told my kids that they were sitting in a piece of history!
My favorite theater on Earth and the jewel of Atlanta!
We had the pleasure of taking our son to see a showing of “Rock and Roll High School” at the Plaza- we were so happy to be filled with nostalgia that we didn’t care that the film print was dark and that the place needed a good cleaning. It was just nice to be back in a kinder, gentler time. Can’t wait to go and see the renovation!
The only film I remember seeing there was “Brazil”, not long before it closed. We used to drive past it all the time on our way downtown via Peachtree. I hate that Atlanta has no respect for its history.
I am pretty sure you are correct about the Market Square 4 opening in the 86-88 time frame. The guy I was dating during those years lived close to North Dekalb/Market Square and we went to a big grand opening when the mall was re-launched and went to the theater there a few times. Nothing remarkable that I can remember.
It was a strange theater in so many ways. The last time I was there, in the late 80’s, it was very run down and had an odd, off putting smell that made us actually leave. I do not recall what we saw, but I do know that we saw whatever it was, in its entirety the next evening somewhere else. I didn’t walk out of a theater often because of the theater itself (although I have walked out on a couple of films in my time).
Saw my first “big girl” film there…The Sting.
Was open for sure in 1982. Beyond that, I am not sure.
I remember buying tickets in one part and seeing the film somewhere else. I also remember that at least one of the two theaters was very mod at the time, featuring the egg shaped chairs in the lobby. That was glorious fun for a kid.
The shopping center is now called Plaza Fiesta and is primarily a Latin/Spanish shopping center, with a few Asian run stores as well. Most the the Buford Highway corridor has a more ethnic bent now than when I grew up there. The glass wall that separated the theater from the mall has a huge climbing/kids playhouse thing there, blocking the entrance.
Where was this theater exactly? Obviously on Buford Highway, but where?
I agree that it was a terrible place for a theater, because, even in 1990, when we lived there, the neighborhood was starting to decline. Later, DeKalb County- it it’s wisdom- started tearing up parts of Peachtree Industrial Blvd, making access to Friday’s Plaza very difficult to anyone outside of the neighborhood. I can imagine that the initial location draw was the thought that it was located close to Dunwoody, near several housing developments and apartments and not too far from Buford Highway, still a major area at the time. Unfortunately, the area went downhill fast. We moved there in 1990 and were gone by early 1993 and we were far from the only ones.
Stan or Michael, is it possible that I saw, instead of Star Wars, one of the sequels at PM? Could that be why everyone is confused? I have no way of knowing, hence the question.
Time Square was only a minor cult hit- no where near the caliber of cult status of Rocky Horror. In fact, Time Square was never released on DVD and since it was put out by RSO, it probably never will be.
MPotts- what year was that? Maybe I saw the “Song of the South” at the Miracle and not the Belmont. I was sure it was the Belmont, but I could be wrong.
I seem to remember seeing the re-release of “Song of the South” there in the early 70’s and that the Belmont had a green roof, or am I dreaming? I know who I saw the film with, and it would have been my Cobb County friend (We lived in DeKalb and that was like driving to Alabama in the day).
I remember this theater mainly for the ice rink around it. At the time, that was a novelty. We attended one of our Cobb County friends ice skating/movie party there- and there was nothing else around Parkaire at all. It was a strange little mall, with low ceilings and I seem to remember having to walk up a lot of ramps to get out but that could be my imagination. I do remember the popcorn because there was no place to eat in the mall and we were starving.
We used to go here as a family when I was little. I think I remember a playground at some point. I continued to go there for years, with various friends and boyfriends. In the 80’s, we also used to set up a booth at the swap meet on the weekends. We were there the last night it was open, to see Deep Impact. I went with my high school boyfriend, his wife and my husband, sort of like blending the old and the new.