Fairview Theatre

657 Memorial Drive SE,
Atlanta, GA 303012

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Haven’t found much to date regarding this venue that apparently opened in the mid-1930’s and vanished from the directories before 1960. Nothing in the vicinity of this address resembles a theatre. Please update if you have any additional information regard this theatre.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don K.
Don K. on June 10, 2005 at 9:19 am

The 1954 Atlanta Telephone Directory lists the Memorial Theatre at 657 Memorial Drive, SE. The newspaper listings that I have from that period do not list either the Fairview or the Memorial Theatre. The address would have been in the general vicinity of Oakland Cemetary. Apparently, the building must have been demolished years ago. In 2003 there was nothing corresponding to the number 657 address on Memorial Drive. It would have stood on the South side of the street, as I recall.

Having grown up on the East side of Atlanta, I was very familiar with Memorial Drive. Frankly, I cannot remember anything that was recognizable as a closed movie theater in that area.

My educated guess is that the Fairview/Memorial was one of a group
of neighborhood theatres that closed in the early to mid 1950’s. In the same general vicinity, due East of downtown Atlanta, was the long gone Empire Theatre at 42 Georgia Avenue, SW (opposite present day Turner Field), as well as the Temple Theatre at 456 Cherokee Avenue, SE (still standing in 2003).

Hopefully, someone has more specifics.

Ulver on May 12, 2010 at 1:17 am

My uncle recalls that the mountain people living in CABBAGETOWN, used to see movies at this theatre. It was a huge joy, after working hours upon hours, in the mill.

He remembers is muchly… That others do, will be a blessing to him…


Ulver on May 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Another note:

My Uncle told me also, that the theatre started attracting a “rough” element, which was in part due, to a bar opening up nearby called “Roy Hell’s.”

He said there fights, stabbings, and gunfire and murders there. It made for a bad neighbor, for the movie theatre.

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