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 Theatres 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 Theatre 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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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2010 at 2:53 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 12:23 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 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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 9:53 am

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 2:31 pm

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

FCHowlandJr on May 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

I worked at the Capri Theater as an usher in 1962 and 1963. It was my first job for $1.10 an hour. I was 15/16 years old and we lived right in Buckhead at the time, after moving from Florida. The Capri was a first run Theater in the ‘60’s I remember two big films that I worked were “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Barabbas” with Anthony Quinn. I still remember the formula for the popcorn machine; 1 cup popcorn, 1 cup “Popcorn” salt, and 3 pumps of melted Coconut butter. It the BEST! And only the one size of red and white boxes, I think it sold for .25 or .35 cents. The lobby was so small that for big films like “Mockingbird” the people would buy tickets and then stand in line up Roswell Rd. waiting for last show to let out. I think I saw Mrs. Carter once, but I most fondly remember “The Manager” He was a dapper little man always dressed to the 9’s Tux and black opera shoes. Arriving at work 15 minutes before opening by taxi or more often then not in a chauffeured Cadillac or Lincoln, he would alight from the back door and I saw him kiss more the one extended gloved hand. He was a Gentleman and quite a character. I can’t ,for the life of me remember his name, But I remember his cigars and to misquote a new favorite film of mine; “He was a most liberally perfumed man”, I can still see him in my minds eye. I believe that the resemblance that the character of Monsieur Gustave H., The Concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel bares to “Our Manager of Capri Cinema” is why I like the film so much. I have fond memories of the “Capri” 22 May 2015 Francis C. Howland Jr. Msg.USA ret Oxford-on-the-Choccolocco, Al

funtimes on May 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm

Would love to re connect with former Capri Cinema employees..I was one of the managers for the Weiss Theatre chain..I managed Peachtree Battle, Fine Arts,Broadview and the Capri in the middle 70s..Steve Crisp was one of my best friends…Lost contact after he moved to North Carolina.Saddened to hear of his death.. There were many box office robberies during that era..I was managing one evening when “Granny” the cashier was robbed. Never heard an 85 year old lady scream so loud everyone heard her. I JUST GOT ROBBED. AGAIN!!! Fond memories….I’m sure Sidney Katz has also passed…Please contact Donald Edwards

StanMalone on May 28, 2016 at 5:52 am

Don, Good to see that you have found this site. I will contact you soon. In the meantime, if you have not already done so check out the Screening Room (Broadview) page. I am sure you remember that engagement. Also, the Silver Screen (Peachtree Battle) one as well. I think that Heather was there when that one ran.

Trolleyguy on May 28, 2016 at 6:45 am

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