Glen Theatre

3183 Glenwood Road,
Decatur, GA 30032

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on October 24, 2012 at 1:03 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks Don,So glad pictures remain.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 12, 2011 at 2:22 am

Thanks for the photos Ron W.

Ronaldgw
Ronaldgw on March 12, 2011 at 1:51 am

See new Photo of Glen in 1953 that I just posted.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgw55swd

Don K.
Don K. on March 24, 2010 at 1:15 am

Ron – Thanks for sharing your great memories – and for the link to the photos! Whenever I post my own memories of these theaters, I always hope that someone who knows more will join in the fun! I remember attending The Glen from about 1957-1965, when it was becoming somewhat seedy. Nevertheless, The Glen was great fun and I remember it very fondly!

Ronaldgw
Ronaldgw on March 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Henry, do you remember the name of the theater that Mr Greene owned in Palmetto. I remember that it was in a Quanset Hut type building and had a balcony for Blacks.

horacehenry
horacehenry on March 7, 2010 at 5:13 am

I remember the Glen Theatre very well. When I was a kid, a lady named Miss Mandy Reese used to drive me, my cousin Bo, and a good friend of ours named Wicky Boyd from Palmetto, Ga. to Decatur every Saturday morning to clean the place up. This was back in the late fifties-early sixties. Miss Mandy would pay us fifty cents each, and we could keep any loose change that we found.

Ronaldgw
Ronaldgw on January 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

The Glen opened September 1952. The owner/operator was William Greene who also was owner/operator of Palmetto Theater in Palmetto, GA.
The Glen was the only theater in the Atlanta,GA area that had push back seats installed. If someone needed to get by, you only had to push the seat back and they could pass without you getting out of your seat. There were also 2 cry rooms for crying babies. The total seating was 480 with a small balcony that seated 54. The projection booth had 2 Simplex XL projectors with Peerless carbon rod lamp houses and Simplex sound heads.
I started to work at the Glen on opening night in September,1952 (I was 16 years old) as usher/doorman. Later on I also worked the Concession stand and as Projectionist. I worked there untill January 1957.
When the Glen opened in 1952 the admission was Adult-35 cents, Children-15 cents. Popcorn was 10 cents a bag.
The weekly schedule was:
Monday thru Friday open at 3:00pm
Sunday & Saturday open at 1:30pm
Sunday & Monday———– Feature, Cartoon & News Reel
Tuesday & Wednesday——Feature, Cartoon & News Reel
Thursday & Friday———Feature, Cartoon & News Reel
Saturday———————-Double Feature, Cartoon & Serial
In late 1953 Mr Greene made the decision to change the Monday thru
Friday opening time to 6:15pm due to declining afternoon attendance.
The Projectionist was a union member and the union told Mr. Greene
that he would have to pay the Projectionist starting at 3:00pm. Mr.
Greene refused and the union operator walked out.
Mr. Greene bought in a Projectionist (a WWII disable veteran from
the Palmetto,GA Theater) who was not union. The union set up a picket line and kept up this line for over a year and then quit. A strange thing was that the men who walked the picket line were not union projectionist but were hired to walk the picket line. Those of us that worked at the Glen durning this time had a good relationship with these men.
The Projectionist from the Palmetto Theater taught Me, Eugene Leftwich and Bill Anglin how to be Projectionist. Bill and I did this untill 1957 and Eugene untill late 1961.
I do not know when the Glen started showing X rated movies. When I got out of the Marine Corps in 1960, I did some relief Projectionist work showing regular movies for about 6 months.
See photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgw55swd Photos made September,1956 durning Kiwanis Club free kids day. William Greene is standing at lower back door and I am stanting at projection booth door in balcony

Ron W

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2009 at 6:50 am

The earliest mention of the Glen Theatre I’ve found in Boxoffice appears in the January 10, 1953 issue. The owner/operator was named William Greene. William and Lavinda Ann Greene are noted as owners of the Glen in a Boxoffice item on March 20, 1961. That is the most recent mention of the Glen I’ve found in the magazine.

Prior to 1953, William Greene is mentioned a few times as operator of the Palmetto Theatre in Palmetto, Georgia.

I’ve been unable to find any references at all to a Glenwood Theatre at Decatur in Boxoffice, though the Glenwood Drive-In is mentioned a few times.

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on April 20, 2009 at 1:34 am

Here is a photo of The Glen Theatre building now.
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WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on April 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Here is another 1986 photo of the Glen Theatre.
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WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on April 19, 2009 at 5:56 am

Great color picture of The Glen Theatre, thanks for posting it Chuck1231

Don K.
Don K. on March 26, 2009 at 5:51 am

Great photo, Dennis! I’m not clear about when the Glen Theater originally opened. At this point, I’m wondering if it was omitted from the “Current Attractions” column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Since I moved out of the area in 1966, mercifully I never knew it as a porn theater.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on October 4, 2008 at 12:05 am

Nice picture. Although I grew up in Hapeville and still live there, my family had a friend who lived up Glenwood Road from the Glen. By the time I remember seeing the Glen, it had already become a porno house. Also in the 1970s the Glen was notorious for showing the double bill, “Deep Throat” and “The Devil in Miss Jones.” I even remember hearing people who had classes with me at Georgia State that they went there to see the movies.

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on August 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Well, I found a picture of The Glen Theatre. circa 1950
I will get another later, I know where one is, but for now, this will have to do.
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Don K.
Don K. on July 29, 2005 at 11:30 pm

As nearly as I can tell, the Glen Theatre might have opened circa 1954/55. In going through the files of the Atlanta Journal at the Atlanta Public Library, I could not find any mention of the theater prior to about 1954. Located at the juncture of Glenwood Road and Candler Road in the Glenwood business district, it’s neon sign was a familiar sight to anyone who lived in the area in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. This theater was a just over a mile from the house where I grew up in East Lake, on the border of Decatur, so I knew it well.

The Glen appeared to have been independently owned and operated, as opposed to being part of one the major theater chains of that era, like Georgia or Storey Theatres. The theater itself was a nondescript, somewhat seedy, neighborhood grind house with about 600 seats and no pretentions whatsoever. It was essentially a bare bones operation, but it certainly did business in its prime years. What was fun about the Glen was the fact that they changed the program two or three times a week. On Saturdays, they typically booked a double or triple feature program of horror, science fiction, westerns, and action pictures. They even showed serials! If there was a Tarzan movie or Hammer horror picture you had managed to miss, or wanted to see again, you could expect it to play the Glen on a Saturday.

By the early 1960’s, fellow movie buffs that I knew from different parts of town would join me to catch screenings of vintage movies like the original KING KONG and the original THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (prints were excellent!). The Glen seemed to offer a veritable feast of cultural junk food to satisfy the cravings of baby boomers. What was really nice was that the audiences actually paid attention to the movies!

Whatever the Glen Theatre lacked in class it made up for in fun. If you ever have a chance to see a charming British comedy titled THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (1957), don’t miss it! In it a couple played by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna inherit a London grind house staffed by eccentric characters played by Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, and Bernard Miles. The people who made that picture must have really loved cinema, in all its declasse splendor. That movie might almost have been about the Glen Theatre!

Hopefully, you knew a movie house like the Glen Theatre when you were growing up!