Grove Theatre

1576 Bankhead Highway NW,
Atlanta, GA 30318

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The Grove Theatre was located in Grove Park, a little community west of Atlanta. The Grove Theatre opened in June 1941.

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drwdjones on March 26, 2009 at 12:46 am

I grew up in Grove Park in the ‘50s & attended the Grove often. Richie Welch was a classmate at Lena H. Cox school. Every year he invited the class to a special movie. In the 5th grade, we went to see Oklahoma!. All the boys were excited about seeing a Western. Boy, were disappointed when they broke into song.

The Welch’s had another son, Cecil, who is a trumpet player and toured for 18 years with Henry Mancini and is still in active in the ATL music scene.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2009 at 4:05 am

The July 12, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine carried the following item: “The new Grove at 1576 Bankhead Ave. has opened. Construction of the 618-seat house cost approximately $60,000. Wendell Welsh is manager.”

steveblanton on April 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

wdj, I went to John Carey Elementary School in the late 50’s. I didn’t know Richie Welch, he was a few years older than me. I do have great memories of the Grove though, also remember there was a bowling alley just up the road with real people for pin setters. Wow, that’s been a long time ago. Steve B.

redemp on August 2, 2009 at 5:44 am

On Saturdays, it was more like six to eight hours. I remember the short comedies with Leon Erroll, Edgar Kennedy, “Speaking of Animals,” and the cowboys: Lash Larue, Tim Holt, Johnny Back Brown, Gene Autry. And really cheesy science-fiction movies. Before we reached the hand-holding stage with girls, we made spitball shooters from coat hangers and rubber bands and carried our ammunition in BandAid metal boxes (which later were to hold cigarett packages).
I had the distinct honor and privilege of playing with Cecil, “Spider” Ridgeway, and Hal Buice, the “Three Sharps and a Flat” dixieland band before the Saturday late show. We made $1.35 each and two theater passes.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 2, 2009 at 6:51 am

The January 18, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Oscar Lam was planning to build a theater at Grove Park in partnership with Wendell and Cooper Welch. Lam is mentioned again in the March 22 issue of Boxoffice which said that the new theater was under construction and expected to open in June or July. The opening was announced in the July 12 issue of Boxoffice.

I’ve found Cooper Welch mentioned as the manager of the Grove in issues of Boxoffice as late as 1957.

letray98 on August 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

For those of you that are interested in this theater, there is a group on FB, “You know You Are From Grove Park If” Great group. Great memories.

oceanscript on February 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I grew up just down the road. I have watched many a tarzan flick as a little boy and have fond memories of walking to the “picture show”. Ralph Kerr was my uncle.

Don K.
Don K. on April 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Hi, letray98 – Looked up the Facebook page devoted to Grove Park & I was impressed. It’s nice to see the affection & nostalgia that the people from Grove Park still feel for their old community. I’m a native of Atlanta, but I grew on the opposite side of town – East Lake & Decatur. I haven’t seen any comparable outpouring of nostalgia from the people of Atlanta’s east side. You should be proud of your great memories!

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