Omni 6

190 Marietta Street Northwest,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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When AMC made its debut in the Atlanta area with the opening of the Omni 6 it ushered in the era of the multiplex. Although twins and triples were as common as kudzu on I-20, the Omni 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.

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”.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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jeterga on September 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Downtown Atlanta’s only movie theater, located in CNN Center, has closed and will not be reopening.

Turner Broadcasting recently shut down the theater to make way for the media conglomerate’s growth.

At one time, the six-screen theater was known for its continuous showing of “Gone With the Wind.”

“The space is needed for expansion,” said Phillip Evans, a spokesman for Turner Broadcasting. He was referring to the company’s rapidly growing online news operation.

Turner Broadcasting owned the cinema but paid United Artists Theaters a management fee to operate it since about 1987.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Alonzo, this is REAL old news.The expansion has been done.

rechols on November 14, 2010 at 11:45 am

I worked in a downtown hotel in Atlanta in 1981. During long breaks between
double shifts, I’d frequently catch a matinee at the Omni. Seems like the place
had become what us Atlantans called “the dollar show” by then. Sometimes
the little shoebox theater would be so packed that every seat was taken. People in
seats to both my left and right. Lot of the audience were people who lived in poor
neighborhoods near the downtown area, including some of the projects nearby.
I’m not being patronizing, I know it for a fact because some of them were my coworkers.
Those folks took their movies seriously. They never talked or misbehaved during the
feature (unlike some in suburban audiences) – they responded to comedy with gusto.
Although the theaters had the architectural ambience of a freight car, I always enjoyed the good vibes of the great audiences at the Omni.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

Nice Comment Ralph.Usually with Downtown Theatres it is just the opposite.

rechols on December 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

Hey Mike & Other CT fans:
I went downtown to the movies frequently from the mid60s through the early 80s, and my
experiences were usually positive. Reading comments about the Rialto, I guess there was a point when things became a bit dicey (security guard on duty!). I never had any trouble in the theaters – the
streets could be a different matter, though.
At the Omni, if I had enough time before or after the movie, I’d frequently go down to the ice skating rink (early 80s) and watch the skaters – felt like I was in NY rather than Atlanta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2011 at 12:15 am

Thanks Ralph,Atlanta had some great Theatres glad you were able to enjoy them.

rechols on February 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the photo, Jack.

JackCoursey on June 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Apparently at least one of the original auditoria still remains relatively intact as a conference/screening room.

jamestv on June 16, 2014 at 12:59 am

Saw “Raintree County” in summer of 1986.

treadway on August 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

This might have been the first multi-plex I ever visited. The only advantage I recall is being able to catch all the movies in a single day.

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