Georgia Twin

2210 North Druid Hills Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Georgia Twin

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The Georgia Cinerama was the last Cinerama to be built in the Metro Atlanta area although there was some controversy as to if it was a “true” Cinerama, since it used single, as opposed to triple projection. Really great theatre just the same with a giant curved screen, 70mm projection and a quadrasonic sound system that just blew you away.

Unfortunately in the mid-1970s it was carved up into two flat screen auditoriums. Since the theatre was built for Cinerama, it did not transition very well into a twin. The seating would cause a crick in either the left or right of the neck (depending on which of the two auditorium you were in) due to the screens not being in alignment with the seats.

The Cinema & Drafthouse group made a go with the theatre after Martin left and returned it back to a one screener albeit not Cinerama. Within year it was twinned again then went dark a short time thereafter.

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Ralph Daniel
Ralph Daniel on August 30, 2007 at 11:15 pm

I’m not sure from StanMalone’s lengthy May 15, 2007 article which movie played where, but here’s what I remember:
GEORGIA Cinerama: Mediterranean Holiday, Hallelujah Trail, Battle of the Bulge, Russian Adventure, Grand Prix, Krakatoa.
MARTIN’S Cinerama: 2001, Patton, This Is Cinerama (reissue). After it became the Atlanta, they presented a two-week sequence of 2001 & 2010, both projected on the Cinerama screen. Although 2010 was a 35mm print, it looked OK on the big screen.

Coate
Coate on October 24, 2008 at 3:27 pm

A complete rundown of the Cinerama presentations in Atlanta can be found here.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 2:30 am

I remember this when it was a SINGLE large theater. I also remember seeing the 1973 re-release of THE SOUND OF MUSIC there. It was a MOB scene. Totally sold out. Incredible experience. I also remember seeing the re-release of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Georgia Cinerama. Another film I saw there was BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS.

In later years it became a draft house and was never the same. Last film I saw there was John Water’s HAIRSPRAY. Not the best movie going experience I ever had but an interesting one. I was on a first date and ended up having great sex afterwards.

This theatre was not too far from the TOCO HILLS movie theatre. Someone once wrote that growing up in Atlanta was like watching your past being hauled away in a dump truck.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Here is a rendering from an aerial perspective of Martin’s Georgia Theatre, published with a brief article in Boxoffice of July 27, 1964, about the time construction began.

I’ve been unable to find an article devoted to the opening of the house, but Boxoffice of March 29, 1965, said that the Georgia Theatre was scheduled to open with the roadshow of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on April 14. July 19, 1965, Boxoffice item said that the Georgia Theatre had opened during Holy Week, following a four-week delay caused by weather-related construction problems. The same item said that “Hallelujah Trail” was set to open at the house on July 29.

galateasca
galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Saw my first “big girl” film there…The Sting.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Linkrot repair: The July 27, 1964, Boxoffice article wit the aerial rendering is now at this link.

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the Georgia Theatre as a 1964-65 project designed by the architectural firm of Brookbank & Murphy, in collaboration with the Cinerama Company. The architectural firm later became Brookbank, Murphy & Shields.

Ralph Daniel
Ralph Daniel on October 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

The church is now gone, and the building is owned by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I have been unable to find out what their plans are for it as of this date.

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