AMC Franklin 3

1033 Franklin Road SE,
Marietta, GA 30067

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AMC Franklin 3

The theatre was constructed as the largest and last of the Minicinemas in 1973. Operated by Modular Cinemas of America the architects were Thompson & Hancock of Atlanta.

Situated in the Franklin Plaza Shopping Center, it became part of the Weis Theatres circuit on May 23, 1975 and was renamed Cinema 75. Not too bad of a venue. Screen size and seating varied among the auditoriums as par with the design of triplexes during the 1970’s, large, medium and small. It became the AMC Franklin 3 on May 9, 1980, it was closed in 1989. It reopened under independent operators in 1992 and finally closed in 1995.

Contributed by Jack Coursey, Cone Maddox

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DaveNewton
DaveNewton on December 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Thanks for the info. My memory’s a bit fuzzy after 30+ years, and it is possible that I didn’t get my license until late June or early July (now that I think about it some, I do recall having to bug my dad a lot to take me to go get my license…but almost a month? Jeez!)

I definitely know that seeing STAR WARS was the first drive I took after I got my license, and it had been playing in Atlanta for at least a couple of days already, because one of the friends I saw it with had already seen it. I saw it on a Saturday, so it must’ve been July 2. Wow, its nice to know the exact date…funny how details like that get smudged in your brain over time.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Maybe Mike Rogers will have somemore info on this Georgia theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I don’t have anything on that theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

This opened on May 23rd, 1975 by Weis theatres as Cinema 75 and became the AMC Franklin 3 on May 9th, 1980 and Cinema ā€˜nā€™ Drafthouse on 1987 and closed (or unable to afford newspaper ads) in 1989. Reopened under different owners 1992-1995.

Rstewart
Rstewart on April 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Showing in one advertisement as “Wayne Theaters” in March of 82.

JFB
JFB on April 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

When this theater was part of the Weis chain, it was a sister theater of the Arrowhead theater.

Turd_Ferguson
Turd_Ferguson on May 31, 2019 at 6:30 am

Drove by last week, the entire shopping center has been demolished.

Jman8606
Jman8606 on March 22, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Rstewart can I see the ad for Wayne Theaters from 1972?

Rstewart
Rstewart on March 22, 2020 at 3:23 pm

I saw it in an add posted at another theaters page here on cinema treasures. I don’t recall which one, my guess would be a scan of the AJC from then. Anyone recall what location in the metro opened around March 82?

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