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Doraville Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

5742 Buford Highway NE,
Doraville, GA 30340

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Doraville MINICINEMA ad in Atlanta Georgia

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One of about four or five “minicinemas” which sprang up in the Atlanta in the 1970’s. The Doraville Minicinema was opened January 9, 1970 with John Mills in “Swiss Family Robinson”. It 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 taken over by AMC in July 1979 and they soon closed it. It was taken over by Septum Cinemas on March 12, 1982 and renamed Saloon ‘n’ Cinema.

It was converted over into a Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse in 1986 and closed in 1989.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 5, 2009 at 9:31 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
JackCoursey on December 5, 2009 at 9:58 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 12:46 pm

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 12:49 pm

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
galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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

Rstewart
Rstewart on July 10, 2013 at 7:59 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 6:22 pm

This opened on January 9th, 1970. Grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Reopened by Septum as the Saloon ‘n’ Cinema on March 12th, 1982 and closed in 1986 as Cineplex Odeon did not want it.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm

Listed as a “Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse” 1986-1989.

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