Grove Theatre

1576 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW,
Atlanta, GA 30318

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Grove Theatre

The Grove Theatre was located in Grove Park, a little community west of Atlanta. The Grove Theatre opened in June 27, 1941 with Allan Jones & Nancy Kelly in “One Night in the Tropics”. The Grove Theatre was closed in 1969.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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 1:19 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 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

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 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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 12:33 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 10:41 am

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 12:52 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!

rivest266 on April 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm

This opened on June 27th, 1941. Grand opening ad in the photo section

rivest266 on April 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm

and closed in 1969

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