Cobb Center 6
2120 S. Cobb Drive,
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Previously operated by: Georgia Theatre Company, Septum Cinemas, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Firms: Robert W. Khan Associates
Previous Names: Cobb Center Theatre
Opened July 24, 1964 as a single screen, 1,000-seat theatre with “How the West Was Won”. It got twinned, added two more auditoriums on the back, then had the original auditorium divided up into four for a total of six screens. Was a Georgia Theater Co. property, they sold to UA, then it went to a private operator for a while.
In May 1995, Bob Busman who owned Septum Cinemas tried to build a new chain, Kings Cinemas, and started with this location. Did a decent job refurbishing the place and made a decent go at it for a while but it closed in 2000. Last I was by it was condemned. I can still remember “Gone with the Wind” on it’s giant original screen, just before the first TV showing in the 1970’s.
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Here a photo
Boxoffice of December 7, 1964, ran this brief item about the air conditioning system in the new Cobb Center Theatre. There is a photo of the auditorium. The caption places the theater in Marietta rather than Smyrna, but it must be this house.
This opened on July 24th, 1964. I have uploaded an grand opening ad here. It was the first cinema to open in the county after the war.
Drove by yesterday and it looks like it has been stabilized and boarded up. No sign of the condemnation notice I saw a couple of years ago and a big “FOR LEASE” sign on the building. A Smyrna cop was sitting there so I didn’t spend too much time looking the place over, didn’t want to have to answer too many questions since I now have an out of state drivers license and was in a rental car.
I remember when i was in high School in the early 90s we would skip school and skate at the old Four Seasons mall which most of was closed off by then and after would hit the theater and just watch movies all day never going back for additional tickets
No one seemed to care and once it was a $1 theater people really didn’t care
It was the first place i took a girl on a date.. I remember we went to the Krystals (first building) across the street and the saw “Cop Land”
This was where I saw movies when I was really young, in the early 80’s before the Litchfield theater opened on Austell Road. I remember seeing ET here. I remember being dragged out, crying, at the end of ET, screaming for ET to come back! One of my earliest memories. I was 4 years old.
This opened on July 24th, 1964 with one screen. 3 screens on November 29th, 1974, 4 on May 26th, 1978 and six in 1986. In 1992 United Artists gives it up and it closed in 1994. It reopened again by Kings cinemas on May 26th, 1995 and closed in 2000.
The August 24, 1964 issue of Boxoffice said that the new Cobb Center Theatre was designed by Robert W. Kahn Associates, the firm that designed the shopping center itself.
Article: Bob Busman, head of Septum Cinemas back in business Sat, May 20, 1995 – 27 · The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) · Newspapers.com
Actually, It Became A 6-Screener In March 1987. Prior To That, It Was Formerly Known As The Cobb Center 4.