Stonemont Theatre

5241 Memorial Drive,
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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rivest266
rivest266 on April 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm

This closed as a Cineplex in 1995 and reopened as a discount cinema 1997-1998.

StanMalone
StanMalone on April 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Check out the previous comments and you can get the story of the time capsule.

As for Star Wars, neither it nor Empire played at this location in their initial releases. Jedi did play here.

Thanks for the ads Mike. I did not realize that this location and Northlake opened on the same day. I did a lot of work at this location fron opening day until 1979 and then a lot at Northlake starting in 1984. Stonemont was a far better place to watch a movie. Close Encounters, Superman 1 and 2, and many other blockbusters ran here, but I think the all time champ box office wise was probably Animal House.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 10, 2018 at 2:20 am

Was the time capsule ever opened in 2000? Is it known where it was buried?

moax429
moax429 on April 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm

The Henry Winkler and Sally Field movie was called “Heroes” (1977). Sometimes I come across the soundtrack album at record meets.

So I presume “Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope” first played there? (I live in Michigan, by the way. Just curious.)

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Leah’s last name was Libman.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES is neat site to join on Facebook.

TSwindell
TSwindell on August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

My first job was at this theater (Plitt Stonemont) … I was there in 1981/82. I’ve always wondered what happened to the manager at the time, Lea (I don’t remember her last name). I’m so happy to have found this site and all of the nostalgic comments from former employees. It was such a wonderful theater and a great place to work during that time. I had several good friends who worked in the Hallmark store and the hair salon in the same complex … I really miss those days and am saddened to learn about the missing time capsule and eventual demolition of the building.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Well at least the building that was Columbia 1 and 2 is still up,Being used for a church and the other side a music store,Sure bet alot of Atlanta moviegoers hated to see it gone.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

thanks Stan and Alonzo.

StanMalone
StanMalone on August 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

Great overhead view. As for that small building in front of the theatre, the right end is obviously a Long John Silvers Seafood. The left side was Mongolian BBQ, goat that is, if you were interested.

Mike, if you look at the other picture links on this page you will see that except for the signs it is an exact copy of the Columbia. I am sure the sign difference is a result of the different zoning codes.

Based on these two locations, the Phipps, and the Ultravision Theatre on this site I would say that ABC designed and built the best looking locations of any opened in the 1967 to 1977 era.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for the aerial view,the front is different from my twin theatre I worked at for ABC/Plitt,but the white painted concrete blocks look the same,i bet in inside it was the exact copy of Columbia 1 and 2 or Columbia Square Cinemas as noted on CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Stonemont on Oct.15.1988 is playing “COMING TO AMERICA” and “TOUGHER THAN LEATHER”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Yes, both were released in 1981. We played HEAVY METAL on our Midnight Shows. Don’t think we played AMERICAN POP. I saw it on HBO in the early 80’s.

dmorg
dmorg on November 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Yeah, I remember it was supposed to be some big state-of-the-art animated rock movie right? Didn’t it come out about the time HEAVY METAL did?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 15, 2009 at 11:28 am

American Pop told the amimated story of 4 generations of men told in music ending uo in the world of psychedelic rock world. Directed by Ralph Bakshi .He was also the maker of HEAVY TRAFFIC and Fritz The Cat, both X rated when released. Standards today they would probably be R rated. Dmorg, I don’t even know if it was ever onVHS much less DVD.

dmorg
dmorg on November 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I don’t know, guess I was just a kid and really dug the Fonz, that was his first big starring role then. And Sally Field was just so foxy from “Smokey and the Bandit”. A pretty grown-up PG movie for it’s time. Pity about the music, it really sucks. I never saw “American Pop” but I bet that’s happened to a quite a few movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

DMORG,,, THANK YOU . I never was that crazy about HEROES, but i knew KANSAS did the ending. AND here is one ..IN AMERICAN POP the end song over the credits was FREEBIRD, If i am not mistaken when i saw it on HBO i could have sworn they put a cover song at the ending.Boy, when you work at a theatre you pick up on so much.

dmorg
dmorg on October 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Yeah, that’s right! I was eight at the time and that song blew me away when He and Sally Field were making out at the end. There’s a silly cover song on the DVD. Must have been problems getting the rights from KANSAS. I wish a reperetory house (i’m in L.A. now) would play it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

COLUMBIA TWO played HEROES first run ; an ABC THEATRE. I noticed on the end credits on HEROES the song CARRY ON WAYARD SON by KANSAS was in the film version because i heard it everynight walking down to check the exits. I could swear i saw HEROES on tv only it had a different music ending .like classical or something.

dmorg
dmorg on October 27, 2009 at 2:05 am

By the way, I think that Henry Winkler movie that played Stonemont was “Heroes”. Christmas 1977 South Dekalb picked it up when it got quaded is my guess. I saw it there, one week after seeing Pete’s Dragon playing next door (on two screens? in ‘77!) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar was playing in the last house which I was way, way, too young for.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

Ihave a complete history on COLUMBIA 1 and 2,funny thing is you could change the name to STONEMONT, i bet the history/ STORIES would be the same.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

THE STONEMONT 1 and 2 THEATRES had a twin sister in Martinez,Ga.{AUGUSTA} We opened Nov,1976.and there is also another ABC theatre just like COLUMBIA 1 and 2 is the CEDAR BLUFF 1 and 2 THEATRES in Knoxville,Tenn. One thing at ABC THEATRES we did not call our theatres twin theatres or cinemas. it was STONEMONT 1 and 2 or COLUMBIA 1 and 2 Or CEDAR BLUFF 1 and 2 theatres . COLUMBIA 1 and 2 is listed under COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS, but we NEVER went by such a title. I was Luckly to get a seat and a piece of carpet before it was gone. SHOULD HAVE GRABBED ONE JOSEPH!

cantrell
cantrell on May 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Greeting,
My name is Joseph Cantrell. I was a manager in the late 90s for Cineplex Odeon corp. Doug Sides was my district manager and I was just 17 years old managing the Lawrenceville Cinema Four (dollar house) and then the Snellville Cinema Six. I was out of the business for many years and wanted to return. I grew up on Ray’s road behind the Stonemont Twin and went there as a child/teen. I returned in 2001-2003 and gave the old girl Stonemont Twin one last run at it! We opened as the Hollywood Twin Cinemas. It was of course a dollar theatre but for a few short months I tried it first run. General Cinema was still open on Hairston and they got into short fight with Paramount at the time. So guess what the Stonemont twin cinema opened first run…The Titanic. I also stole saving Private Ryan from them. We did well..that was about all she had left.

I held on for a couple of years but the area would not support her… It went back to Indian operators and my H was changed to a B to make her Bollywood Cinemas.

I can confirm the time capsule was broken into one night before I came into work the next day. I always wondered what was is in it. My wife and I were so tickled to come across this website to finally know!

What a great theatre she was!!! I got to live a dream when I ran her as my own. It was for a short time but I did it! It breaks my heart to hear she has been torn down. I would have loved to purchase a few of the seats to have as keepsakes. I am a police officer now in Loganville and have not been in Stn Mtn in several years. I guess I will need to go a lay some flowers down on the site Stonemont once stood…

I so enjoyed reading Mr Malons account of the good old days of the theatre business! its stays in your blood that is for sure.

Take care
Joseph Cantrell

P.S it is absolutely 5241 Memorial Drive.