Twelve Oaks Theatre

4162 Buford Highway NE,
Atlanta, GA 30345

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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.

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.

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

You must have worked for several theatre chains ROBIN!

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.

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.

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

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

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.

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 5:05 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 5:02 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 4:56 pm

Clifford,that was a fantastic movie you shot about the movie ticket.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on February 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

omg, I REMEMBER that concession stand. First film I ever saw at the Loews Twelve Oaks was HOUSE OF WAX in 3D. Both the Loews Twelve Oaks and Loews Tara made GONE WITH THE WIND part of the heading above the concession stand. Man, that brings back memories when it was ONE theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Robin. Please put the pictures i am sending you on CT. I also have THE HILLTOP, DANIEL VILLAGE and MILLER too. I have the picture you put on framed from the Imperial.

robinmitcham on February 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

Here is a photo of the concession stand in about 1985.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

This was a great theater in it’s day. The first film I ever saw at the LOEW’S TWELVE OAKS was HOUSE OF WAX in 3D. Later they would twin the theater and as Twin Theaters went, it wasn’t too bad. I vividly remember seeing Elizabeth Taylor in THE BLUE BIRD there. Another film that stands out in my mind was THE FURY.
I loved that theater. In subsequent years whenever I returned to Atlanta I would visit it and sadly, it was never the same.

WHITEFIELD on June 27, 2007 at 6:13 pm

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JackCoursey on January 10, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Here are additional photos of the 12 Oaks:

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longislandmovies on January 10, 2007 at 3:57 am

what is this theaters current use…….

JackCoursey on December 26, 2005 at 2:50 pm

Here are a couple of recent photos of the 12 Oaks.

JackCoursey on October 7, 2005 at 4:13 pm

Here are a couple of shots of the Loews Madison Square theatre in Nashville. It is of the same cast and era as the 12 Oaks but remarkably remained a single screen up until its closing.

StanMalone on August 2, 2005 at 4:48 am

That was the setup when it was built. As I said, 4 track magnetic sound was added when the place was twinned in 1975, and I did not have any contact with the theatre after it was sold to Storey. However I did hear a good story which I did not want to place in the theatre post but do not mind relating in the comment section. Temple of Doom opened in several theatres at once and those of them that had a 70MM setup were able to get 70MM prints. Lucasfilm sent a TAP (Theatre Alignment Program) technician to every theatre that was to open the film to check the presentation. When he came to the theatre I was managing at the time he told the projectionist this story: He had previoulsy visited the 12 Oaks and was suprised that the projectionist was only 15 years old. He asked him if he had ever run 70MM before. The answer went something like “…no but my brother was the projectionist here last year and he did.” Now, I do not know if this was true either in whole or in part, but it is a fact that when the first show hit the screen there was an nice black scratch on the right hand side of the picture evidently put there when they loaded the print onto the platter.

I am not sure since this was a long time ago, but I believe this all took place before the twin was quaded. When the 35 magnetic was installed the soundrack had a place for 70MM processors as well although there was no equipment behind the plates of course. So, the short answer to your question is yes, Storey installed 70, but I wonder if it survived the quading?

Coate on August 2, 2005 at 4:20 am

“the 12 Oaks had only mono sound and two 35MM Century carbon arc projectors” (StanMalone, Aug 1)

“Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” (1984) was advertised as a 70mm presentation. Perhaps they installed 70mm when Storey took over?

raymondstewart on August 2, 2005 at 4:00 am

Thanks for your memories of the Twelve Oaks. I was only there once, at the grand opening after Storey had taken it over. A friend of mine who worked there toward the end while Storey still had it, prior to Regal #1, told me there was a plaque of some sort in the booth still that said something about Loews but he could never quite figure out how to get it out un-noticed.

Your observation about the fact that at least it still serves an audience is so true. I’d prefer to see a theatre become a club or a church rather than become a parking lot or an eyesore that is just a shadow of it’s former self. I rode by the Old National about a year ago and it is so sad to look at. You’d never know it was a real money-maker at one time looking at it now.

Again, thanks for documenting your many memories of these old theatres. They may not be treasures in some eyes, but they always will be for those who enjoyed them or worked at them.