CNN Cinema 6

190 Marietta Street NW,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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rivest266 on April 16, 2018 at 1:05 am

Closed in 2000 as CNN Cinema 6.

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.

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.

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.

jamestv on June 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Saw “Raintree County” in summer of 1986.

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.

rechols on February 17, 2012 at 2:23 am

Thanks for the photo, Jack.

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 December 22, 2010 at 12:04 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 December 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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

rechols on November 14, 2010 at 3:45 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 September 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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

jeterga on September 7, 2010 at 10:46 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 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 July 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

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.

dbratl on April 8, 2006 at 6:30 pm

They always had a weird selection of movies playing there. Here are a few I saw: Roadie, My Bodyguard, The Capture of Bigfoot. And there was ice skating downstairs!

raymondstewart on November 5, 2005 at 6:21 pm

IMHO, perhaps the worst place to see a movie in Atlanta during its time. It is hard to believe that AMC started this and ended up being the chain they are today!