Techwood Theatre

132 North Avenue East,
Atlanta, GA 30313

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Techwood Theatre

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This was one venue I never got the opportunity to visit before it closed. It appears to have still been a first run house in 1965. Any further information on the Techwood would be appreciated.

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Don K.
Don K. on July 16, 2005 at 3:10 am

The Techwood Theatre was a second run house that was located near the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (that’s Georgia Tech, folks). The theater was west of the Varsity Drive-In and the viaduct over I-85 on North Avenue. Although it did occasionally show first run features that were on multiple runs in the 1960’s, it was never really a first run venue.

My dad used to take me to the Techwood occasionally back in the 1950’s. What I remember most about the theater was its Neo-Classical facade. Apart from that, 500 sets sounds about right. When I went there so many years ago the theater seemed well maintained.

Don K.
Don K. on July 23, 2005 at 8:54 am

The Techwood Theatre was located on the southwest corner of the intersection of North Avenue and Techwood Drive. The theater was adjacent to the Techwood Homes, a Federal Housing Project that stood along Techwood Drive, which were originally built in the 1930’s. This project was demolished to make way for the dormatories that were built for the 1996 Olympics and are now a part of the Georgia Tech campus.

This information seems to have been deleted from my original post, so I thought I’d add it just for clarity.

samh
samh on August 31, 2005 at 1:08 am

So does this theater still exist?

Don K.
Don K. on September 25, 2005 at 3:22 am

No, the Techwood Theatre was demolished circa 1970, as I recall.

StanMalone
StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up on the feature opening that day:

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ClintG
ClintG on August 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I went to Ga. Tech in the late 1950s. Around 1959 I lived in an old apartment on the corner of North Ave. and Williams St., next door to the Techwood Theater. The Techwood had a store front on both sides. The right hand side was Jr’s. Restaurant (It later moved onto the Tech campus). The left side was a laundry.

The audience were Tech students and some Techwood Homes residents. No one was bashful about shouting comments about the film.

walterb
walterb on March 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

I went regularly to The Techwood during WW II and less frequently in the 50s. I lived with my family in an apartment at 663 W. Peachtree St., about 3 blocks northeast of The Techwood. Saturday was my favorite day to attend because there were always double features. Cowboy and war movies, with an occasional monster or comedy was the usual fare. It cost .09 cents and then 0.12 cents after the war for under 12 kids. Most were under 12 no matter their size. The front row was our favorite seats and the only bad thing was, like all neighborhood theaters of the time, you couldn’t go barefoot comfortably because the floor was always very sticky. walterb, atlanta

reg41
reg41 on February 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I attended Georgia Tech from 9/64 to 12/65, and frequently attended the Techwood. It was a part of the Storey chain, usually second run, with admission of 75 cents (first run was $1.50 in Atlanta at the time). By then it was somewhat run down, with water stains on the ceilings and side walls. There was no balcony; the rest rooms were upstairs, and you could see into the projection room, which was also furnished as an efficiency apartment. There were frequent projection errors, with the screen going blindingly white, and the flap-flap-flap as a rewinding reel went untended. Going by ticket numbers, they were doing about 900 to 1000 75cent admissions per week in late 1965. The theatre, Jr’s grill, laundry, and the Tech Motel on that block were all demolished and Google street level shows Ga. Tech offices there now.

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