Buckhead Theatre

3110 Roswell Road NW,
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Originally opened as the Buckhead Theatre prior to 1950, it was operated by Affiliated Theaters, a subsidiary of McLendon Theatres. The first time I visited this theater was in the mid-1970’s. At that time it was part of the Weis theater chain and was called the Capri Theatre. About 15 years later, it reverted back to its original name and became Atlanta’s first Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse. The theater is strictly live performance now and host quite a few top name acts. There might be a dark cloud on the horizon for the Roxy in that it might be demolished once the lease expires with the current tenant.

The Roxy Theatre was closed in 2009. By spring 2013 it had re-opened as the Buckhead Theatre presenting concerts and special events.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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karatattoo on September 13, 2009 at 2:58 am

I saw The Poseidon Adventure, as well as Papillon, in the early ‘70s. In the late '70s Alex Coolly, the concert promoter had several concerts at the Capri. I saw several, most notably The Patti Smith Group in 1978. In the audience that night were several members of The Cars, a rock band that had played The Omni the night before(I was there as well). One night Coolly had a showing of the documentary film The Kids Are Alright, about The English band The Who. The film kept stopping, so Coolly said all drinks were free while they tried to get the film going again.

JFBrantley on December 1, 2009 at 12:23 am

Last week I rode by the theater and it looks as if they are doing some renovation. There is a sign in front that says the Buchead Theater coming soon. I doubt if this will be a cinema but hopefully it will be preserved.

JFBrantley on May 22, 2010 at 1:06 am

Last weekend I drove by the theater and a new computerized marquee is now up and the new Buckhead Theater is open for live events.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Yes Stan,I got in on the tail in too.1974-83.Saw the ending of the good old days and days coming I wanted no part in.Abc Theatres.Plitt.and GCC.

rechols on December 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

As a teenager at Bass High School in the 60s, my orbit was downtown, the Emory area and, of course,
Little Five Points. Buckhead was the Edge of the Known World to me, but I sometimes did venture into
Buckhead to browse Jim Sallee’s record shop, located to the right of the Capri, toward Roswell Road.
About 1966 I saw my first movie(s) at the Capri – a double feature, The Haunting and Lolita, sort of a
strange pairing. Lolita, (Kubrick) as I remember, had been out a few years, so I guess the Capri was
not a first run house at the time. Then in 1972, on a cold winter’s Saturday afternoon, I saw The
Godfather there. The house was packed for that very popular movie. Some time in the 80s, after the
Capri morphed into the Roxy, I saw rockabilly performer Robert Gordon play there. Admission was
worth it just to see his hair.
I’m in exile now in Arizona, so thanks, J.B., for the good news that the old place had reopened in yet
another incarnation.

JudyGlore on January 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

I hope someone here can help me…..My husband and I met on a Sat in Jan 1974 and our first date was to the Roxy the next day. We saw Pappilon and after we left the theater, it was robbed. I don’t know the date we met, so if anyone knows the date that the Roxy was robbed in Jan 1974, please let me know.

JackCoursey on January 24, 2011 at 2:15 am

Re: Robbery at the Roxy-you might want to check the archives at the main branch (downtown) of the Atlanta/Fulton County Library. Start with the Atlanta Journal/Constitution microfiche for 1974 and no doubt you will soon hit your mark.

dhargette on October 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I also posted this obituary for Ruth Carter, former owner of the Brookhaven and Garden Hills/Fine Art theatres.

CARTER, Ruth Goss Ruth Goss Carter, one of Atlanta’s last Grande Dames, died on September 22, 2009. She was 94 years old. Mrs. Carter was born in 1915 in Charlotte, North Carolina, attended Hollins College in Virginia, and married John Hennen Carter of Atlanta, in 1936. She and her husband were co-owners of the Brookhaven, the Buckhead “Capri” and the Garden Hills “Fine Art” theaters. Mrs. Carter was a devoted bridge player and a life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. She was an avid history buff and worked as a docent at the Swan House adjacent to the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta. She will be missed by her friends and surviving family: her son, John Hennen Carter Jr. of Stockbridge, Georgia; her grandchildren, John Carter III and Kimberly Marx of Atlanta, Georgia, Erik Perschmann of Carver, Minnesota, James Gardner of Stockbridge, Georgia, and Amy Castillo of Jackson, Georgia; and her great-granddaughter, Therese (Princess) Carter. The memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road Methodist Church on October 17, 2009 at 2 o'clock pm.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 11, 2009

Although Ruth Carter was a co-owner with her husband, John, I remember her as the most visible in day-to-day business activities when I worked there in 1967.

longislandmovies on March 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Theatre has no seats , as it is a concert venue now.

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