Fine Art Theatre

2835 Peachtree Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30305

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craigf
craigf on September 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

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.

reg41
reg41 on February 26, 2013 at 5:16 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.

dhargette
dhargette on October 23, 2012 at 6:41 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

galateasca
galateasca on June 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

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…..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

Now Showing Sept.13 2001.

“GHOST WORLD” rated R.

StanMalone
StanMalone on January 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

The Google map places the theatre about half a block north of its actual location. On the overhead shot you can just make out the marquee sticking out over the sidewalk just below the Fantasyland Records label. As for the street view, it is taken from the spot the overhead view points out as the location of the theatre. You can just make out the marquee three doors down from Fantasyland.

The street view shown here is current with the way the place looks now.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I have many inside pictures on film of this theater since it closed…What a shame —sits empty..

buckguy
buckguy on January 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Has it been demolished? I would have thought that the bad economy would have save d the structure, if not the theatre. For years I attended Peachtree Film Society screenings here. They were well attended but the Film Society dissolved anyway. Atlanta is a place where indie films do well, but the infrastructure doesn’t seem to last. LeFont once had multiple theatres, and did so as recently as 10 years ago. There have been multiple efforts to have a big national film festival, but they’ve all failed to make money—Peachtree overreached in ‘98 and took years to recover with a somewhat smaller group running it. the desire to build a festival as other cities have and to have a niche or regional focus seemed to be beyond what promoters wanted, so no there’s less than before. Landmark did a nice job of rehabbing a badly degraded venue, but there’s nothing like seeing a film in a real theatre, as opposed to multiplex.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 10, 2007 at 4:01 am

It is now been sold as per local papers and will demolished………..

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 29, 2007 at 1:11 pm

property is now for sale theater and strip of stores……..

JRColvin
JRColvin on February 21, 2007 at 7:57 am

On a solo road trip during my unemployment phase in 2000 shortly after my mother died, I saw All About My Mother here and loved it. I hope it re-opens soon.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 20, 2007 at 3:29 pm

saw this theater last week and the property is in limbo…they will give only 9 mo lease at a time………

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 24, 2007 at 5:49 am

You might also want to take a peak at the Cinemas Georgia Group on Flickr. It has current photos along with links to archive shots of theatres in the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

Don K.
Don K. on January 24, 2007 at 5:12 am

Google the Georgia State University, Pullen Library Photograph collection. If you check out some of my comments on other theaters, you’ll find links to photos in their collection. Good photographs of the Atlanta area from that era are not necessarily easy to find. As a fellow baby boomer, I know about it. Good luck with your book, I’d love to see it in print!

Brolaw
Brolaw on January 23, 2007 at 2:28 pm

hi everybody. I just joined. I grew up down the street from the Garden Hills Theatre. Of course, it was called The Fine Arts Theater back in those days. As kids, we tried to talk our way in when it looked like something good and sleazy was playing, especially if it had Brigitte Bardot. One movie I saw at the Fine Arts was that tremendous classic “The Mouse That Roared”. Just watched it the other day and it was just as funny. If anybody has any old pictures of the Buckhead/Garden Hills Area, please let me know. I’m working on a book about growing up in Atlanta when it was still small town. Brolaw

Don K.
Don K. on January 10, 2007 at 5:23 am

Yes, the handwriting was on the wall for a long time. As I mentioned in an earlier post this locaton is far too valuable for a single screen movie house or small legit theater for that matter. If the landlord plays his cards right with this site, he’s sitting on a fortune!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 9, 2007 at 9:04 am

Looks as this whole shopping center will come down as landlod wants to redevelope this location@!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 7, 2007 at 6:10 pm

FOR SALE SIGNS OR LEASE?/

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 4, 2007 at 10:58 am

any for lease signs up?

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on January 2, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Last I heard was that the marquee was being disassembled and that no tenant had taken over the lease.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 4, 2006 at 1:36 pm

ANYTHING GOING ON WITH THIS ONE?

Don K.
Don K. on November 25, 2006 at 4:58 am

As a native Atlantan, it looks correct to me. The position of the drug store (later an independently owned store, rather than part of a chain) also looks right. What a remarkable website! Any Atlantan who remembers the days of the elctric trolleys should definitely check this out! Since the trolleys began service circa 1937, this is probably from the early days of electric trolley service, as well as the early days of the Garden Hills Theatre. Thanks, Stan!