Madison Theatre

496 Flat Shoals Avenue SE,
Atlanta, GA 30316

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Madison Theatre

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The Madison Theatre was opened around 1928. Unless you resided in this east Atlanta community during the mid-20th century, you probably would not know that the Madison Theatre ever existed. It has spent more years either vacant or for furniture storage that it ever did as a cinema.

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Jacob89ash
Jacob89ash on February 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

If anyone is interested in leasing the Madison Theater, let me know
i work with the owner

tripreed
tripreed on February 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

JacobA,
Could you please post some contact information. I would like to get in touch with you about leasing. Thanks.
Trip

Jacob89ash
Jacob89ash on February 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm


thats my email, email me and ill put you in touch with the owner

HistoricPreservation
HistoricPreservation on March 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I’m a historian and would gladly write the nomination to have the Madison Theater put on the National Register of Historic Places. I also work in the office of Historic Preservation for the state of Georgia. Our office receives all nominations for this designation throughout the state….so I know what they are looking for. There is currently no information on the Madison (or any of the building in the village) in our office, so I am creating a file. Ultimately, the whole of EAV could potentially be listed as a “Historic District” on the National Register. I’ve not done enough research to know that the neighborhood qualifies…..baby steps.

I’d also be willing to write a grant for the renovation of the property once it is listed on the national register.

I’ve begun doing historical research on the Madison property, but wondered if anyone would like to add to the lot of information I’ve already obtained. It sounds like a lot of you have done some research yourselves. Also, oral histories would be desirable in putting the nomination together as well.

JBrantley
JBrantley on July 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

For all it’s worth, I vaguely remember this being one of the porno houses in the mid to late 1960’s. I could be wrong but this fits the Flat Shoals address mention in the old ads. I remember riding by it one night and seeing people outside.

I would love to see it restored.

treadway
treadway on August 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

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.

jojotrotter
jojotrotter on December 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

Hi,

HistoricPreservation, this theater is being mentioned on the eavbuzz.net. If you are still interested in recommending the property for historic status please visit the site which is a community message board and it should be easy to make contact with some people who may be interested in helping.

StanMalone
StanMalone on December 13, 2015 at 4:34 am

On one of the Mini-Cinema pages, Cone Maddox, the co-founder of the chain along with Bob Gentry noted that the Madison was the first theater that they operated. Since they started building and opening their mini cinemas in 1968, this would have been some time before that.

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