Fairfax Theatre

Fairfax Avenue and Main Street,
East Point, GA 30344

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The Fairfax was a property of Fred Coleman who also developed two other venues in South Atlanta, the Fulton in Hapeville and a drive-in on Moreland Avenue, which later became known as the Starlight. The Fairfax was destroyed by fire sometime during the mid to late 1950s.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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dlbacchus on November 28, 2005 at 3:37 pm

The Fairfax was actually located on Main Street just north of Thompson Avenue, not at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue. I don’t know the address of the Fairfax, but 211 S. Main Street sounds correct. I lived on the 300 block of S. Semmes Street in the 1940s (which ran parallel to Main Street)and our house was just south of Thompson Ave. Incidentally, there is a photo of the Fairfax on the Vanishing Georgia Website for East Point, Georgia. The photo number is FUL-1025-86. The old U.S. Post Office is on the far left of the photo between the two trees. The intersection of Thompson Ave. is just to the north of the Post Office. You have to look close, but the marquee of the Fairfax can be seen about 50 to 75 feet north of the intersection. Too bad the resolution of the photo isn’t a little better.

JackCoursey on November 28, 2005 at 6:42 pm

This might make the search for the photo a bit easier. Excellent site, thanks for sharing it.

Don K.
Don K. on November 29, 2005 at 6:49 am

Dave – Thank you very much for sharing this information! Hopefully, more people who remember Atlanta in the 1940’s will comment on this site. By any chance, do you remember the Capitol Theatre on Peachtree Street, or any of the other long gone Atlanta movie houses listed on Cinema Treasures?

Jack – Thank you for the the link to the Vanishing Georgia Website!

dlbacchus on November 29, 2005 at 6:35 pm

Don – For some reason I don’t remember the Capitol Theater. When growing up most of my movie going was to one of the three theaters in East Point. When I did go to one in downtown Atlanta, it was usually to the Paramount, the Loew’s Grand, or the Fox. Those were my three favorites.I can remember seeing Gone With the Wind sometime during the mid ‘40s at either the Loew’s or Paramount.

Don K.
Don K. on November 29, 2005 at 8:31 pm

Dave – GONE WITH THE WIND always played at the Loew’s Grand, which had exclusive first runs and prestige reissues of Metro Goldwyn Mayer pictures. “Loew’s, Inc.” was the “Metro” in MGM. The Paramount and the Fox were also my great favorites of mine when I was growing up in the 1950’s. Since the Capitol closed about 1948, it was before my time.

1234 on June 26, 2007 at 7:20 pm

The Fairfax Theatre opened the week of September 26, 1926. Alpha Fowler was the manager and also operated the Palace, West End, and Tenth Street theatres, which were other neighborhood houses in the Atlanta area. By 1929 Lucus and Jenkins had gained control of these theatres

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm

The year given for this photo is 1948.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm

In 1955 the Fairfax Theater had 1,000 seats. The address given is 211 South Main Street.

JackCoursey on April 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Here is an archive photo of the Fairfax Theatre.

Don K.
Don K. on May 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Here is a link to a photo of the East Point,including The Fairfax, from The Atlanta History Center Collection:
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