10th Street Art Theatre

1026 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30309

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10th Street Art Theatre

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Originally opened on September 29, 1967 with Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona”. It was an art-house cinema with seating for around 300. It later went over to screening adult porn movies and was renowned for presenting the cinematography of the great 20th century naturalist, Russ Meyer. The 10th Street Art Theatre closed in 1971.

Not to be confused with the 10th Street Theatre which opened around 1926 at 990 Peachtree Street NE.

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Don K.
Don K. on July 29, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Yes, I know what you mean. Time and distance limits opportunities to explore interests like this for me as well. Although I was born in Atlanta and grew up there, I haven’t actually lived there for many years. In fact, I’ve only been there a few times in the last ten years. Whenever I do get there, I try to visit the main library and do some research. The city has changed very dramatically since I lived there.

From what I can gather from this site, I may be one of the few people who actually remembers attending some of Atlanta’s long gone neighborhood theaters, like the original Tenth Street, Ponce de Leon, Techwood, and Kirkwood. These days, I find myself impressed by how many of the old theater buildings still survive, like the Euclid, Hilan, Glen, Gordon, Little Five Points, Madison, and the Temple, not to mention the fact that the Plaza and Garden Hills are still operating as movie houses!

Of course, I keep hoping that someone who knows more about the Atlanta area movie theaters from before my time will comment on them.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 15, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Hey folks… Was wondering if anyone would be able to confirm if this theater – depicted in a screen-shot from the documentary “Inside Deep Throat” – is the 10th Street Art Theatre? It sure looks like the marquee indicates a very similar name – I just can’t make-out that first word as “10th” or “Tenth”… but the rest of it definitely reads “St Art Theatre.”

Thanks.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on September 16, 2007 at 9:14 am

The cinema in this photo was not the 10th Street Art, but rather a strictly porno venue set up in what was previously a storefront retail space.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

In the photo posted above by Ed Solero, the building next door has a sign ‘Gay Paree’. In my edition of Bob Damron’s Address Book;1977 edition, there is a gay pornographic cinema called the Gay Paree Cinema, 90 Walton Street, NW, Atlanta, GA listed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 16, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, Ken. I’ve been trying to figure out what the darkened part of the marquee reads – as it really did not appear to be “Tenth St.” I thought perhaps “Wilson St,” but I know believe that “Walton St” fits perfectly. Do any of your theater resources list a “Walton Street Art Theatre” amongst their numbers? I think we have the makings of a new listing here.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 17, 2007 at 3:29 am

Ed Solero;I can’t find any other reference to a theatre located on Walton Street. However I have added the Gay Paree Cinema to this site and also added a seperate listing for the original 10th Street Theatre.

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 17, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Just to sort out all of the different theatres from this strip of Peachtree, here they are starting from the south and working north:

10th Street Theatre @ 990 Peachtree was located on the SW corner of Peachtree and 10th. Its CT page is /theaters/21354/ .

10th Street Art @ 1026 Peachtree was located on the west side of Peachtree between 10th and 11th Street. It was built in the late 60’s, was nothing but a converted storefront and always played 35MM soft core porn. This is the page for that location. The Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve Bank now sits on this site.

Metro Art: Located directly across the street from the 10th Street Art was also a 35MM soft core house. It was at this location that Russ Meyer’s “Vixen” played for over a year. This theatre does not have a CT page. It is the only one of these locations with the building still standing. It has played host to several different nightclubs and restaurants over the decades since the theatre closed.

Peachtree Art: Located on the east side of Peachtree @ 13th Street. This is the true “Art” theatre of this bunch and is the one described by Don in the second comment of this thread. In addition to the movies listed by Don, the Richard Attenborough film “Oh What A Lovely War” played here. This is the theatre that Margaret Mitchell was either going to or coming from when she was struck and killed by a taxi while walking across Peachtree. In 1971, Weis Theatre Company took over and remodeled and renamed it the Weis Cinema. It’s premiere feature was “Catch 22”. Other notable releases to play here were “Cabaret”, “Day of the Jackal” and “The Great Waldo Pepper” notable only because it was a Universal release and was the reason Universal held the Atlanta sneak preview of “Jaws” here. In the early 90’s the entire block was demolished and a Bell South office tower now occupies the site. The CT page for this theatre is /theaters/11690/

JBrantley
JBrantley on October 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Here is an Atlanta Time Machine picture of the area of the 10th Street Art

http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/misc/peachtree_11th_1971.htm

rivest266
rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm

This opened on September 29th, 1967. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2018 at 1:11 am

The brief article about the 10th Street Art Theatre that ran in Boxoffice of October 9, 1967, said that the house was Atlanta’s first all night theater, though since the article also said it closed at 4:00 AM, they were stretching the phrase “all night” just a bit.

If the article was correct I find it a bit surprising that a city the size of Atlanta didn’t already have at least one all night grind house in operation. Where did Atlanta’s winos sleep off their half gallons of cheap muscatel?

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