Peachtree Art Theatre

1137 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Peachtree Art Theatre

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Opened in 1946, it was closed in 1971.

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a_mclean
a_mclean on April 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks to StanMalone, Marcel & Daryl for the help. I searched far and wide and couldn’t find a picture of the actual theater but I’m wondering if this side view of a store with the awning is in fact the place? I’m hoping one of you gentleman recognize the street and surrounding.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77074218@N03/?saved=1

Daryl
Daryl on April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

On the above link, image #6 shows the location the best. Note the boarded up area on the camera side of the awning on the right side of the picture…that’s pretty much the location of the alcove entry to the old Buckhead Art Theatre or within just a few feet.

a_mclean
a_mclean on April 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

SOMEONE SENT ME A PICTURE! I don’t know how to post on its on page but here is an actual picture for those interested. Thanks to everybody for their help.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77074218@N03/?saved=1

Daryl
Daryl on April 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

A_Mclean: Your new photo link is as good as it gets. If you want to know more about the area around the Buckhead Art Theatre, I’ll be happy to provide.

a_mclean
a_mclean on April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Daryl but that place was just a part of my past and the picture AND the information meant a lot. Thanks again.

reg41
reg41 on February 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

The Peachtree Art was a very nice theatre in the 1964 – ‘65 time frame. Its atmosphere enhanced the films it presented. I saw “Woman in the Dunes”, “He Who Must Die”,“Seance on a Wet Afternoon” and several others. Most, except for “Seance” had subtitles. It had a good sized screen (my guess 40 feet) and always flawless projection. Admission was $1.50, same as Fox, Roxy, etc. Around 1970 or '71, the Weiss chain tried to turn it into a first run theatre, but it soon succumbed to the hotel and office building boom.

John_Allen
John_Allen on November 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I worked at the Peachtree Art when I was 15, back in 1959. It did not have a concession stand. No popcorn or drinks. They showed mostly foreign films at that time. Never had much of a crowd.

doneboy
doneboy on November 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a few points regarding the Peachtree Art Theatre which was operated by my father from 1946 until 1971. The theatre was located at 1137 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. It had a full concession area which featured imported candies and popcorn that was specially grown by the Word Popcorn Company in Scottsboro, Alabama.

The theatre was highly successful and overflow crowds were commonplace throughout it’s existence. Many notable Atlantans were regular patrons including Bobby Jones, the famed golfer, and Margaret Mitchell the author of Gone With The Wind. The theatre closed in 1971 due to the redevelopment of the property.

I hope that this clears up some misconceptions that seem to exist.

JBrantley
JBrantley on July 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Here is picture from Atlanta Time Machine of the Peachtree Art after it was the Weis Cinema.

http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/commercialbldgs/pch_1137.htm

JBrantley
JBrantley on July 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Actually the above link is when the Peachtree Art had become a porn house.

After the Cine Showcase had closed, I do believe that the Academy Theater used the building for a while. Presently the Academy Theater is in Hapeville.

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