7 Stages Theatre

1105 Euclid Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307

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7 Stages Theatre

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The Little 5 Points as well as its larger sibling, the Euclid (aka Variety), have miraculously managed to structurally survive in an urban area where change is constant. Although both theatres lost most of their original interior decor due to neglect during the 1960s and 70s, a lot of fine effort has gone into making each theatre a spectacular venue for live performance.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don K.
Don K. on May 24, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Although I attended the Euclid Theater (at 1099 Euclid Avenue, NE) many times when I was growing up in Atlanta, the Little Five Points Theater (nearby at 1103 Euclid Avenue, NE) was closed up as far back as I can remember.

The Little Five Points was one of several theaters that I was aware of, but never had the chance to attend, included: the DeKalb, 130 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE (on the square in Decatur) which later became the site of a J.C. Penny store; and the West End, 595 Lee Street, SW (in West End), which I remember as a book store. They had already ceased operations as movie houses at the time I became aware of them. To the best of my knowledge, some of the few of these left standing are the Little Five Points (now known as the Seven Stages); the Euclid (as the Variety); and the Fulton (or so I gather from the listing on this site).

Yes, it’s really remarkable that the Little Five Points and the Euclid have survived in an area known for such sweeping changes. However it is notable that the Plaza Theater and the Garden Hills Theaters are still operating under the management of Lefont Theaters. Structures that are still standing include: the Gordon Theater, 960 Gordon Street, SW, in West End (as the Church of the Black Madonna); the Hilan Theater,800 N. Highland Avenue, NE (renovated for commercial use); the Glen Theater, near the juncture of Candler Road and Glenwood Road in South East Atlanta (now a pawn shop); the Madison Theater at 496 Flat Shoals Road, SE (apparently undergoing restoration according to this site); the Rhodes Theater, 11 – A.S. Rhodes Center, off Peachtree Road (closed when last I saw it); and the facade of the Temple Theater, 456 Cherokee Avenue, SE (between Memorial Drive and Grant Park) still stands, complete with the its Masonic symbol.

Theaters that I never knew included the American, 771 Marietta Street, NW; the Brookhaven, 4012 Peachtree Road, NE; the Cameo, 61 Peachtree Street (downtown); the Cascade, 1340 Gordon Street, SW (near the juncture of Cascade Road); the Empire, 42 Georgia Avenue, SW (near present day Turner Field); the Fulton 761 S. Central Avenue, SW; and the Memorial, 657 Memorial Drive, SE (in the vicinity of Oakland Cemetary). Hope someone whose memory of Atlanta stretches back farther than mine can shed some light on them.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 18, 2005 at 8:48 pm

Here’s a recent shot of the 7 Stages with the Variety Theatre in the background: View link

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themexsays on December 6, 2008 at 6:30 am

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Interesting name.

rechols
rechols on November 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

I often went to the Euclid Theater kiddie matinees, starting about ‘57. The Little FIve Points
was closed then, if memory serves me correctly. I remember that there was an A&P supermarket
close to that theater and a Woolworth’s a little further up the street. By the time I graduated from
Bass in '65, the A&P was gone, and I believe Woolworth’s had closed as well. Indeed, at one time,
I think there were two supermarkets in Little 5 Points. In the mid60s, the area had started to
decline – noteworthy that a structure as big as the Little Five Points Theater, right on Euclid Avenue,
could remain empty and largely untouched for more than 20 years.
Glad there’s life in the building now.

galateasca
galateasca on July 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Had the pleasure of attending a play there with my students in 2011 and it was wonderful to see this structure maintained. I told my kids that they were sitting in a piece of history!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

Just added a screen shot from “Driving Miss Daisy” with the 7 Stages mocked up as the Rialto. The Variety Playhouse is just beyond it.

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