Twelve Oaks Theatre

4162 Buford Highway NE,
Atlanta, GA 30345

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Great theatre, both in general and size when Loews opened it around 1971. The theatre had two entrances, one via the mall interior the other through the parking lot. The theatre had a large flat screen, 35 and 70 mm projection and a fairly good sound system for its time. When “Deliverance” came out in 1972, it probably played longer at the 12 Oaks than any other theatre in town.

Around 1975, theatre was split down the centre and two much smaller screens were installed complimented with mono sound. The theatre continued to do OK despite it’s loss of luster (Robert Altman’s “Nashville” did a pretty good run there in ‘75.)

When Loews left town, Storey’s took over the 12 Oaks and George Lefont secured the Tara. The 12 Oaks was clinging for life at that point and Storey did all they could to keep it alive including using part of the lobby for video rental and dividing up the two shoebox auditoriums into four. The theatre breathed its last around 1998.

I don’t know if it is still standing or if it has been converted to retail space.

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Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on February 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

oh wow, thanks Roger. I appreciate the feedback on that. Did you grow up in Atlanta? Jim Whaley hosted a PBS show on Channel 30 WPBA called CINEMA SHOWCASE. I met him when I was nine years old and he was manager of the Village Theatre. Jim’s no longer around but nobody knew more about film and in particular, film music than he did.
Thanks for watching.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Cliff, I remember him from PBS shows that would air in AUGUSTA. Yeah, i knew Jim Whaley. Always loveed those one sheets that surrounded his set. I bet Georgia public TV has his shows on tape somewhere.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on February 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I have some of his stuff on tape. Again, if I had only known that he wouldn’t be around I would have taped his show more often. Also, Jim was VERY generous when it came to One Sheet Posters. He had access to anything he wanted from National Screen Service and was very generous to the friends of his who collected memorabilia. He gave me alot of posters and stills throughout the years.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

He seemed like a nice guy on TV. Wouldn’t think he was ever a theatre manager since seeing show. He really loved films i can tell. Wasn’t he a film critic on his show comments on movies? i sorta remember him interveiwing folks like BURT REYNOLDS in his Georgia movie days.

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

Like the picture of the sigh when it was a Loews.

Kenneth Johnson
Kenneth Johnson on February 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

Twelve Oaks 4 is still standing. It was home to Atlanta Live and is now home to DREAMZ ATL night club since 2007. I believe the auditoriums are still in tact just used for different levels of the club like VIP, various other forms of entertainment operating simultaneously.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Now Showing 12 Oaks 2 Cinemas: “A NEW LIFE” rated PG-13
“JOHNNY BE GOOD” rated PG-13

MARCH 28 1988.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

You must have worked for several theatre chains ROBIN!

galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

The shopping center is now called Plaza Fiesta and is primarily a Latin/Spanish shopping center, with a few Asian run stores as well. Most the the Buford Highway corridor has a more ethnic bent now than when I grew up there. The glass wall that separated the theater from the mall has a huge climbing/kids playhouse thing there, blocking the entrance.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Makes me sick how all the theaters I loved in Atlanta are GONE or changed drastically to the point they barely resemble the place they use to be. Doraville Mini Cinema GONE. Loew’s Tara GONE (the single screen) Briarcliff Village Theater GONE. Loew’s Grand GONE. Roxy Theater GONE. Toco Hills theater GONE. N.E. Expressway Drive-In and North 85 Drive-In theaters GONE. Original North Dekalb theatre GONE. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

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