CNN Cinema 6

190 Marietta Street NW,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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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.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

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

rechols on February 17, 2012 at 2:23 am

Thanks for the photo, Jack.

JackCoursey on June 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

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

jamestv on June 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Saw “Raintree County” in summer of 1986.

treadway on August 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

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.

StanMalone on April 12, 2018 at 5:07 pm

Reopened in summer of 1988 under the ownership of Ted Turner when he bought the failing Omni complex and turned it into CNN center. Theaters operated under a management contract with United Artists Theaters which had recently entered the Atlanta market via its purchase of Georgia Theater Company. UA did the booking with the exception of one house exclusively reserved for showing Gone With The Wind. The point was to try to get some foot traffic into the center which was a pretty dismal place especially at night. Things improved by 1996 with the construction of the Olympic Park across the street but by then I think the theaters were gone.

rivest266 on April 14, 2018 at 10:06 am

This reopened on June 5th, 1987. Grand opening ad in the photo section. Opened after 2000. will get more info.

rivest266 on April 16, 2018 at 1:05 am

Closed in 2000 as CNN Cinema 6.

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