CNN Cinema 6
190 Marietta Street NW,
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Previous Names: Omni 6, CNN Center 6
When AMC made its debut in the Atlanta area with the opening of the Omni 6 on March 5, 1976, it ushered in the era of the multiplex. Although twins and triples were as common as kudzu on I-20, the Omni 6 was the first cinema “with six appeal” (AMC’s jargon, not mine). The six tiny little auditoriums, which comprised this complex, featured view master size screens, centre isles and seating configurations liken to the passenger area of a commuter plane.
Fortunately most of the local circuits continued to buck the tread by building multiplexes with an average seating of 200 per screen (Old National 7 and Shannon 7 are a couple of examples that come to mind). When Ted Turner took over the lease of the short-lived “Wonderful World of Sid and Marty Kroff” (Atlanta’s first indoor amusement park which closed shy of it’s first birthday) for the headquarters of CNN, he also acquired the Omni 6 and it was closed in 1984
It reopened as CNN Center 6 on June 5, 1987. Although the theatres operations were contracted out to United Artists, Turner reserved a couple of the auditoriums for screenings of his MGM archives and an open ended engagement of “Gone With The Wind”. It was closed in 2000.
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