Doraville Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

5742 Buford Highway NE,
Doraville, GA 30340

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One of about four or five “mini cinemas” which sprang up in the Atlanta in the 1970’s. The Doraville Mini Cinema lucked up on booking “Star Wars” during its initial release in 1977. The theatre always seemed to have a loyal crowd that helped to keep it afloat when other single screens had gone under.

It was converted over into a cinema and drafthouse in 1985. The theatre closed about five years later.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

TLSLOEWS on December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Yeah Ulver, I have eaten at Arnolds, it is good stuff, used to see Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed in there sometimes.They waited on Chet he did not have to go through the line like everybody else.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 9:19 am

Tisloews, Same with me.At Columbia 1 and 2 we had a local pizza parlor and the owner would give me free pizza for movie passes.HIS MANAGER, would give me free beer for passes. I guess it was wrong to drink a couple of brews and work,but almost every manager around did it. I know, that does not make it right.How would you handle it at a cinema and drafthouse? see the neat TIE-IN. That’s a word i bet you don’t hear in the business anymore.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 9:22 am

I wish i would have kept the copies on our BOR reports when COLUMBIA 1 and 2 opened. I never did spill wine on them. By the time i was leaving GCC computers were on the way in.

TLSLOEWS on December 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

All our daily reports and everything else were hand written. We had to type our weekly reports on a “OLD” manual typewriter,and send all the dailys,bank receipts,ect, to New York every Friday.When we paid our vendors,we would write the checks in Nashville and mail them to New York to be signed. and they would mail them back to the vendors.We did not even know what a computer was then.Old school bookkeeping stuff I guess.Good time though! Also I used to get to park in the parking garage behind the Loews Crescent for movie passes as it was downtown and we did not have our own parking.

TLSLOEWS on December 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm

By the way Mike I think that I would be the Perfect Manager of a Movie and Tavern since I have done both but not at the same time. I would not have to sneak my beer or drinks in and put it in the ice machine,as I have done in the past.Keep the stories coming.

JackCoursey on December 5, 2009 at 7:58 pm

How was the auditorium configured on this theatre; was it parallel with the lobby (similar to the Lefont Screening Room) or conventional (e.g. Cobb Cinema)? The site of cinema wasn’t much larger than the dining area of a Waffle House.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

I don’t know tisloews about the drinking part.I don’t think i ever drank a beer while in the theatre and on duty,but i guess taking a break next door at the Pizza joint is about the same thing.At one time there was talk about DANIEL VILLAGE here serving beer,but nothing came of it.
Heck, at the Triple in the mall the guys from Fort Gordon was alaways bringing beer in more there than any place i worked before.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Yeah, it was always a pain to park at the IMPERIAL. feeding parking meters.I never thought about passes,but mainly worked the Imperial when someone Quit,got fired or got sick.

galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Where was this theater exactly? Obviously on Buford Highway, but where?

Rstewart on July 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

As best I can recall this was in the plaza that had Richway/Target/Value City and across the street from the Buford Hwy Twin.

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