Sandy Springs Cinema

5549 Roswell Road,
Atlanta, GA 30342

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Radley Metzger SCORE at SANDY SPRINGS in Atlanta, Ga.

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For an area with supposedly prime demographics and location for a first rate cinema, none has yet to make it for more than a couple of years in Sandy Springs. In the late 1960s two theatres opened in this north Atlanta district, the Sandy Springs and the Sandy Springs Mini Cinemas.

The Sandy Springs wasn’t in business more than a couple of years before the Georgia Theatre Company acquired it and changed its name to Cinema 285. Within two years both the Cinema 285 and the Sandy Springs Mini Cinemas went dark. The Sandy Springs became a racquetball centre and the Mini Cinema a comedy club.

Hopefully Lefont will have better luck with the former General Cinema/Madstone eight screen complex a couple of blocks down on Roswell Road.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

mikemercury on May 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

My father and I saw ‘King Kong’ with Jeff Bridges in 1975. Two years later the cinema began getting a little on the seedy side and played racey material mixed with re-released stuff. Not knowing this I took my first date here to see “A boy and His Dog,” and “Flesh Gordon.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

Now playing WEIS SANDY SPRINGS is THE GROOVE TUBE. rated R. Shows at 3 ,4:45, 6:30 , 8:10 and 9;45.
WEIS CINEMAS in Atlanta in Oct. 19 1974 are PEACHTREE BATTLE, SANDY SPRINGS, WEIS CANDLER 1 and 2 cinemas, ATLANTA THEATRE, WEIS DORAVILLE , BROADVIEW 1 and 2 cinemas, and FINE ART. Albert Weis owned walk ins and drive ins in Augusta,Macon,and Savannah is home of operations.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 28, 2009 at 2:09 am

There was also a single screen called WEIS CINEMA located at Peachtree and 13th ave. In Atlanta.

douglasville2001 on February 21, 2010 at 4:46 am
  1. General Cinema
  2. Entertainment Film Works
  3. Madstone Theatres
  4. LeFont Theatres

Still alive & kicking !

StanMalone on February 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Douglasville: You have your theatre company listings complete and in the right order, but listed under the wrong theatre. This is the page for the Sandy Springs Mini Cinema which also operated under the name of Sandy Springs Theatre and Weis Sandy Springs. The theatre you are talking about is listed on this site as the Sandy Springs 8.


The correct address for the theatre on this page is 6125 Roswell Road, but I do not know how to go about changing something like that.

madcone on May 7, 2010 at 2:36 am

Sandy Springs and Athens were franchised rather than company owned. Charles and Brooks Schoen owned the Athens MiniCinema. It was the first franchised theater in the world. Jerry Lewis came along several years later. The Sandy Springs MiniCinema was the second and last franchise to open. We quickly learned that franchiseing was not a viable option as we were unable to provide profitable film product in competative markets. When C&S Bank renigned on our financing, we were forced to sell the theaters to pay the Bank. The Sandy Springs and the Athens MiniCinema continued in business for some time.

Hope this helps. I’m happy to answer any questions any one may have. It’s great to learn that every ones efforts are not forgotten.

Best wishes,

Cone Maddox

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

Thanks Cone and welcome to C.T.Mike Rogers and Nick are the men!Old theatre dawgs.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Cone,If you have anything on the Alps and Athens Drive-ins in Athens plez add them to the very small intro i did. Great to read your articles. a theatre dawg too.

madcone on May 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I must confess, I loved the movie business. I’m happy to add what I can regarding the Alps Road MiniCinema.

Best wishes,


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