Belmont Theatre

2464 Atlanta Road SE,
Smyrna, GA 30080

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Belmont Theatre

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A basic strip mall theatre, short on ambiance and technology, but a fairly decent venue just the same. Because its auditorium was so narrow, the Belmont remained a single screen right up until the day it closed.

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on November 19, 2006 at 6:33 am

The Belmont was architecturally unremarkable with little to no ornamentation in either the lobby or auditorium. After the theatre closed, it became a women’s clothier’s retail store. The theatre shared the same space with WYNX radio, the theatre lobby and auditorium on the main level and the projection booth and the radio station on the second floor. If the radio station is still in the centre, what remains of the theatre should still be there as well.

raymondstewart
raymondstewart on November 23, 2006 at 4:00 am

The Belmont became The Fasion Bug after it closed. The floor was leveled and there were no remains of the theatre, the only thingthat gives it away is the fact that it is still has a higher roof than the rest of the center. I can’t recall for sure when it closed, but it would have been mid-80’s at the latest.

mp5239
mp5239 on July 22, 2007 at 11:58 am

I don’t recall when the Belmont closed. I lived in Smyrna from 1971-89; know it closed a number of years before I left. I attended some movies there back in the early 70s.

cmartincroker
cmartincroker on August 13, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I remember being dragged to “Saturday Night Fever” there when it was in re-release, so it had to be open through at least winter 1978.

Here’s a good shot of the theater (& surrounding mall) —circa 1972
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And another shot of the marquee.
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I remember in 1966 “The Ghost and Mr Chicken” splashing across it in one big line of type. The same the next year in 1967 with “The Reluctant Astronaut”. Guess they got all the Don Knotts movies for the city. (I saw ‘em both there by the way.)

karatattoo
karatattoo on September 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I drove past the Belmont Hills Shopping Center today (Sept. 9,‘09) and all of it is being demolished. I could see into the theater from Atlanta Road directly in front of the center and there is little left of it apart from the facade.

DaveNewton
DaveNewton on December 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

I remember that a re-release of JAWS played there in the spring of 1979, I saw it at least twice during its run there. It seems that the theater remained open for a while after that, perhaps even for another year or so.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on June 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

Living in Hapeville, there was not so much variety. One of my friends and I went to see Bo Derek’s Tarzan the Ape Man at Belmont. This move came out I believe in 1982. I do not know how much longer after that before the theater closed.

acatos
acatos on December 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm

My Dad used to take my brother and me up from north Atlanta (Bolton) to the Belmont and drop us off and we would stay there and see the movie a couple of times while he and Mom shopped at the Belmont Hills Shopping Center. That was in the days where you could do such things safely and kids knew to stay where they were told to stay. I remember the restrooms upstairs. I remember seeing a 3D film there but I can’t remember which one it was. It would have been in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Surprisingly, Belmont Hills was the largest shopping center in the South until Lenox Square was built.

galateasca
galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I seem to remember seeing the re-release of “Song of the South” there in the early 70’s and that the Belmont had a green roof, or am I dreaming? I know who I saw the film with, and it would have been my Cobb County friend (We lived in DeKalb and that was like driving to Alabama in the day).

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