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Phipps Plaza was the fanciest mall we knew of at the time in the early 1980s. It was the best place to see the 1st run movies. All of the stores were cutting edge and the theater was great.
My favorite memory of this theater is seeing “Rocky Horror Picture Show” there at midnight showings. I certainly saw plenty of other movies there too. Went movies would sell out at our usual theaters we would drive out to Perimeter.
This might have been the first multi-plex I ever visited. The only advantage I recall is being able to catch all the movies in a single day.
I saw a few movies here. Northlake was my Mom’s favorite place to go shopping. I didn’t like the theater, so once I started driving I never went there again.
Saw many movies here after a trip to the local Paper Chase where I bought movie posters. The strip mall was kind of crappy, but the theater was ok.
I lived in East Atlanta for several years in the late 1990s. During that time the theater was a mattress storage facility. The people there were very shady. I tried with some others to gain access to the main part of the theater but it was not possible due to the people renting it. Along with some others I tried to contact the owners to see about a possible renovation – I had some money at the time – and there seemed to be little interest in that from the people that hold the title.
I would love to go inside or see old pictures of this theater.
I saw “2001” at the Columbia in 1983. We loved it so much that we saw it two more times during the time it was playing.
When I was a teenager we used to go to this “theater.” I took a date there to see “A Boy and His Dog.” The theater played retro movies. We liked going there because you could eat pizza and beer while watching the movies. It was very laid back and cool. It had a basement feel.
When this theater closed I had the privilege to rummage through it and buy any of the pieces. There was a lot of adult movie stuff that I passed on. The guy piecing it out tried really hard to get me to buy the screen curtains. I didn’t have money for that so I had to pass. I wish I had bought them now.
I saw my first drive-in movie there in 1973. It was the “The Exorcist.” Me and my buddy sat on a cement block outside the car cause we were with parents that were arguing. I was 7 years old. Note: there was a playground down near the screen. I went there many more times over the years…
Does anyone know what happened to the Rhodes Theater signs that use to hang on the building? Also does anyone have a head-on photo of the outside of the theater?
Here is the outside of the Rhodes today. You can see in the photo two white rectangular areas on either side of the entrance. These areas housed glass poster encasements with Rhodes Theater on the glass and neon tubing around the interior perimeter. One of the cases was broken during the teardown and I have the other one. The neon is still intact and works! It is a great piece of memoribilia. http://flickr.com/photos/maincourse/346047916/
Hi Kim. Great memories. Do you have any head on photos of the Rhodes? I’d really like to have a photo of the ticketing area with the poster encasement that was built into the building.
I am looking for a photo of the front of the Rhodes. When it was being demolished I managed to obtain one of the two poster encasements from the front of the theater. I use to go to the Rhodes almost every weekend as a teenager. I thought it was a glorious building. Every time I saw a movie there it felt like stepping back in time to a better age of film. I would be very interested in pictures of this grand theater that is no more.