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You can go to the Pastime Theater in Sandersville and look at th big ariel photo of Sandersville. From the red dot for the Pastime go south to the next intersection. Then turn east and on the northwest corner of the next intersection is the Arcade Theater building. I know that is not the best picture but at least you can get an idea of what the building looked like.
Next time I go down to Sandersville I will make some pictures of this and the Arcade.
On June 15, 2007, the AJC had a nice picture of this theater in an article about former movie palaces in Atlanta. The article said the theater lasted until about 1965 when it demolished for the expansion of Georgia State.
During the 1970’s when I attended Georgia State, they had a series of movies that played almost everyday. Sometimes the movies were in the Student Center Auditiorum (Current Cinefest), The Urban Life Auditorium or worse 602 BA where you heard the projector in the background. This theater could have been used for that or since it was also a live theater, the GSU players could have performed there.
What is bad is thinking of what you could have done.
I remember seeing the Empire Theater from the expressway well into the 1960’s. I remember calling the theater for the admissions and they were 25 cents for children and 60 cents for adults.
While in 6th grade, 1968-69, one of my classmates was complaining about how the Empire would not let him in to see an R-rated movie.
I was visiting my sister last week in Kitzmiller, Maryland and my nephew showed me this former drive-in. This drive-in is closer to Oakland than to Dear Park.
The screen is still standing although a section has come off. If anyone was interested, this place could be restored.
Great pictures. Makes me wish I could still go there.
Actually this venue stayed open for a while after Southlake Pavilion opened. As a matter of fact, it out bid Southlake Pavilion for “Titanic.” At first it was a nice place to see movies but after a while people began misbehaving during the movies.
I thought this theater was called the Yarborough. As long as I can remember going to visit my parents' relatives in Washington County which has two cinema treasures, The Pastime and Arcade, Yarborough was alway on the building. This was true even when the theater was open.
I remember seeing this theater when my brother and I would ride the bus to see movies at other downtown theaters. What is funny about this theater toward the end of its existance was how it billed its movies. They would be billed as adult movies but were only second run movies.
I wish I had a chance to see how it looked inside.
When this location was the Tower Theater, my parents went to revival meetings there.
When they put carpet all through the theater, patrons were not allowed to bring drinks into the auditorium. This kept the auditorium clean, but after Weis took over the theater people could bring drinks in and that ruined the carpet.
I remember seeing several movies there before it became the Columbia. King Kong was very good there because of the extremely large screen. The Wiz was a disappointment not only because the movie was awful but it was not in cinemascope.
After it became the Columbia, I went to many movies there. The screen was great. The sound was great. Any movie could be good there. The only exception was Jaws 3-D. Besises being a terrible movie, they had a flat screen in front of the curved screen.
I have a picture I took before they demolished the theater. I miss it very much.
The Rhodes was one of the best theaters to see a movie in Atlanta. The first time I went to see a movie was Cactus Flower in 1969 and Speegee was selling tickets. She was there from the time it opened til the very last show. I am glad to say I was there to see “The Last Picture Show.”
The building that housed the Grove Theater is still standing. You can still tell that it was a theater. The marquee still sticks out although it has been covered. While going to Woodson Elementary School I saw the building across the street from the school.
Several years ago my mother and I were traveling up the old route from Atlanta to the Dillard House and rode throug Cornelia. The Grand theater had been demolished.
The East Point theater was the first place I saw a movie on a big screen. You could get in for 50 cents.
After closing as a cinema I did see a play there. The auditorium looked very nice like a spanish courtyard. I hated to see the place demolished.
In its day the Lakewood was a good place to see a movie without having to go way out. Unfortunately many parts of the stip center, the old Stewart-Lakewood, once the Lenox Square of the southside, are completely gutted out. What a shame for a once good theater.
This was another theater of my youth. In the early 70’s you could see any first run movie here (These include Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.)
I remember going to see matinees here after working all night. When AMC took over, they made the lobby look better. I guess now it could survive as an art house. Unfortunately it is probably gutted out and is now a trade school.
I hate to see all the old things go.
In the 70’s this was definitely the place to see a movie on the South side of Atlanta. Auditorium 1 was very large and had a curved screen. The other two auditoriums were not as large but each had a curved screen and any movie was good there.
I liked the way instead of splitting an auditorium, the owners added new auditorium. Unfortunately the large auditorium 1 was eventually split.
I still enjoyed goint to this theater.
I remember going to Old Dixie many times during the 70’s and 80’s. It was the only theater on the South side of Atlanta to show the movie Alien on its first run
During the 80’s one of the auditoriums was split creating two very narrow auditoriums. After closing originally, it reopened as a dollar house. Then it closed again. Then became a church. Finally it was set on fire by a volunteer fireman and demolished in the mid 90’s. Now a hispanic strip center is where the Old Dixie was.