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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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

I knew it as CNN 6 Cinemas. A United Artist theatre.I spoke to employees there years ago and they said Ted Turner who had “GONE WITH THE WIND” shown three times a day daily; who would eat Chinese next door to the cinemas and then peak in often for a few minutes of his Favorite movie. The Atlanta Constitution on the WEEKEND section would simply say when giving mini movie reviews this on “GWTW”,“Long,long ago in a world very far away…Scarlett,Honey,they burned it,they put it on TV,And now they are going to run it forever at CNN Cinemas 6.” Well, today the Chinese restaurant and CNN Cinema 6 are long gone. I understand the need to limit theatres when they change names,hence Omni 6 on the header and not CNN cinema 6,but each theatre has it’s own history even when theatre chains buy them out, cause guys like me are working there and making history,like we did when ABC sold out to Plitt.

jeterga
jeterga on September 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

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 CNN.com 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 12:08 pm

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

rechols
rechols on November 14, 2010 at 1:45 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 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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

rechols
rechols on December 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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

rechols
rechols on February 17, 2012 at 12:23 am

Thanks for the photo, Jack.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 15, 2014 at 3:30 am

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

jamestv
jamestv on June 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Saw “Raintree County” in summer of 1986.

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