Brookhaven Theatre

4002 Peachtree Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30319

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The New Brookhaven Theater was opened October 24, 1937 with Dorothy Lamour in “Jungle Princess” and Phil Regan in “Happy Go Lucky”. It was initially regarded as a community theatre in the mid 20th century and closed in 1962. It reopened as the Brookhaven Art Theatre, an adult theatre, on May 22, 1968 with “Carmen, Baby”. It operated as a shady soft-core porno house into early-1970’s.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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1234 on July 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

The Brookhaven Theatre opened the week of October 24, 1937. THis was the first theatre I remember going too as a four years old in the late 50’s to see “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. I had an aunt that one time work in the box office. The theatre closed in the early 60’s when the Cherokee Theatre opened in Cherokee Plaza just south on Peachtree Street.
The Brookhaven reopen some time later as the “Brookhaven Art"
The theatre was torn down along with the rest of the business district on the west side of Peachtree in the mid 70’s to allow for removing the sharp curve in the road and widening. The rest of the business district on the other side was later torn down for the construction of the MArta Station.

dhargette on October 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

CARTER, Ruth Goss Ruth Goss Carter, one of Atlanta’s last Grande Dames, died on September 22, 2009. She was 94 years old. Mrs. Carter was born in 1915 in Charlotte, North Carolina, attended Hollins College in Virginia, and married John Hennen Carter of Atlanta, in 1936. She and her husband were co-owners of the Brookhaven, the Buckhead “Capri” and the Garden Hills “Fine Art” theaters. Mrs. Carter was a devoted bridge player and a life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. She was an avid history buff and worked as a docent at the Swan House adjacent to the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta. She will be missed by her friends and surviving family: her son, John Hennen Carter Jr. of Stockbridge, Georgia; her grandchildren, John Carter III and Kimberly Marx of Atlanta, Georgia, Erik Perschmann of Carver, Minnesota, James Gardner of Stockbridge, Georgia, and Amy Castillo of Jackson, Georgia; and her great-granddaughter, Therese (Princess) Carter. The memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road Methodist Church on October 17, 2009 at 2 o'clock pm.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 11, 2009

rivest266 on April 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm

A small grand opening ad at the date provided by “1234” in the photo section.

rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 11:47 am

This closed in 1962 and opened as an adult cinema on May 22nd, 1968. Another ad in the photo section.

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