Garden Hills Theatre

2835 Peachtree Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Garden Hills Theatre

Atlanta’s premiere venue for independent and foreign film since 1939 and lovingly managed by George Lefont. In 1950 the Garden Hills Theatre was operated by Affiliated Theaters, a subsidiary of McLendon Theatres. This theatre was part of the Weis Theatres chain from 1958 and called the Fine Art Cinema from November 27, 1958. If my finite memory serves me right, I believe that at one time it was equipped with a sequin curtain. It was closed in 1977.

It was demolished in March 2015.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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galateasca on June 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Rocky Horror played here at one point. The last film I saw there was about Betty Page..and that was a few years ago. I hate that we can’t keep one arthouse cinema (besides the Fox) open in this city. But then again, the Atlanta city bird is the crane…..

dhargette on October 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

As I mentioned in a post for the Roxy/Capri, the Fine Art was owned by John & Ruth Carter prior to Weis Cinemas. I worked at primarily at the Capri circa 1967. Ruth Carter died in 2009:

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

reg41 on February 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

In 1964 – ‘65, I saw “The Pumpkin Eater” and “A Stranger Knocks”, while it was known as the Fine Art. The parking was somewhat isolated, behind the theatre. The admission was $1.50, like other Atlanta first runs at the time. The back 1/3 of the theatre had a different aisle/seat arrangement than the front 2/3. The screen was adequate, but the layout would have allowed it to be larger. This theatre had the highest seat-to-screen upward viewing angle than any other I have seen.

craigf on September 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I saw ‘Das Boot’ at the Garden Hills shortly after moving to Atlanta in the early 80s. For a time in the mid-90s I only had about a 5 minute walk to the theater, so I was something of a regular. Too bad it’s joined the list of defunct Atlanta revival/art theaters.

StanMalone on March 24, 2015 at 5:43 am

The entire strip is in the process of being demolished:

StanMalone on March 24, 2015 at 6:43 am

I have noticed that the name for this page has been changed from Garden Hills to Fine Art. It does not matter to me, but I thought that the CT policy was to list theatres under the name they were using when they last operated as movie theatres. I know that this is not applied uniformly. Another problem with this practice is that when an AKA name is listed, the search engine will not recognize the name. So, in this case, a search of Fine Art will bring you to this page, but a search of Garden Hills which is what this page was listed under for years will yield a “No Results Found” answer.

longislandmovies on March 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

The name should be Garden Hills not Fine Arts .

rivest266 on April 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Closed as Fine Arts in 1977. more to come.

StanMalone on June 8, 2019 at 10:32 am

Picture added to the photo section. This should clear up any doubt as to the seat count, at least in its later years. The correct number is 369. One of several keepsakes I salvaged from the trash while helping George get all of his equipment out.

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