Northlake Mall I II III

3230 Northlake Parkway NE,
Atlanta, GA 30345

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The Northlake I II III and the Southlake I II III shared more than the same suffix. Both were identical theatres on opposite ends of the metro Atlanta area. Even the strip malls in which each resided were almost indistinguishable. Regretfully, nothing really remarkable about either cinema. Both the Northlake and Southlake (located in Morrow, GA) were part of General Cinema’s foray into the Atlanta area in the early 1970s, the Northlake opening in 1972.

Each cinema consisted of three shoebox auditoriums that appeared to all have identical seating capacity and each was adorned in a blue and white colour scheme. Both the Southlake and Northlake were closed and demolished in the mid-to-early-1980’s.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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joshmassey
joshmassey on July 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Northlake 2 lasted until 1992, at least. I remember seeing “Lethal Weapon 3” there.

Now it’s a sporting goods store. C'est la vie.

thursdaynext27
thursdaynext27 on September 13, 2009 at 8:14 pm

It was a decent theater very close to where I lived at the time. I saw Die Hard, Little Mermaid, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves there. And (sadly) Superman IV.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Double-listed as #17660

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Dan, Standard fare for GCC midnight shows,I had to pull teeth to get them to book 2001 at REGENCY 1.2.3. Cinemas.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Bad place for managers,District Manager, L.Anderson would constantly harass young managers,I heard it way too often.Most would quit.Glad I stayed in Athens and Augusta. Wonder what ever happened to Mr.Anderson?

RussellSmeak
RussellSmeak on January 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I was transferred to this theater as an asst. mgr. They told me that they needed a “strong” assistant to help the new manager, whenever they’d find one that would agree to take it! I worked my butt off at that place. The District Manager at the time, not Anderson, was the worst. Since they never could find anyone to take it, they finally offered it to me. I took it, and I was so young…about 21? That’s way too young guys…you know it and I now know it! Oh, well. Because of my age, I let alot of things happen that I never would now. For example, we had 2 telephone lines, and the City Manager would call and talk to my cashier for HOURS…he was in his 30’s and she was about 17ish. He intimadated me at that time, so I never said anything against it. Well, while I was on the other line making work-related calls, the division manager would try to call and never could get on! He was furious about that and thought I was slacking off, but I wasn’t. I was getting the heat because of my jerk city mgr! Anyway, I remember I started hating it so much that I started praying to God to send me a sign! Well, the first weekend, a huge mirror in the men’s bathroom crashed on top of a customer, and all he got was a slightly cut finger! Wasn’t enough of a sign for me…the next weekend, we were cleaning and painting EVERYTHING because the General Cinema president (Paul Delrossi??) was coming in the very next morning to inspect the place, and one of my usher’s spilled a gallon of black paint on our red lobby carpet!!! Okay, believe it or not, that still wasn’t enough of a sign, and I prayed for another. The next weekend, a huge torrential rain came over us, caused the storm/drainage pipes to back up, and my lobby was flooded!! Water was literally 2 inches deep behind the concession stand and sparks were coming from the receptacles, so I closed it down. My division manager (the crazy one) heard about me closing the concession stand (the girls were scared to work behind there…imagine that!) and he blew a gasket and told me to open it up or I’d be fired. I told him to come get the keys because I was leaving! He said “HUH???”, and pleaded with me to stay. Well, the next week I went ahead and quit. Well, about 2 years later, a new division manager came in and asked me to come back and take over the theater at Regency Mall in Augusta, GA. BTW, the jerk City Manager ended up marrying the cashier, and then, from what I heard, he got fired because he would take his pass-keys, go into other theaters (after closing) that he was over, remove sleeves of drink and popcorn cups, and replace them into his own theater’s stock…stealing big bucks! Sorry that this is so long!! It was sort of cathartic to write it all out, though. LOL!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Russell,I don’t think I ever heard that story.It would have to rate as one of the top Stories told by a manager.I know Anderson and Zack got into it,must have gotten a few names wrong.

RussellSmeak
RussellSmeak on February 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I remember another couple of theater stories, so, since this is the place to share them, Ima sharin'! Soon after I started working there, I had to hire a good number of staff. I was really done hiring and had everyone lined up, so I didn’t need anyone else. This one cute little girl came in for an interview..she was recommended by someone I had just hired..and I told her I was sorry but I didn’t really need her. Our conversation turned more personal and I asked her where she was from. As soon as she told me her family had just moved from Augusta, I told her she had the job!! A girl from my hometown, and I’m not gonna hire her?? Another of the concession girls I hired told me, when I brought out a bunch of candy cases from the storeroom, that she had the same cases of candy at home..her Dad worked for the candy distributor. She asked me if I wanted her to bring any cases from home to work, and I told her “Hell no!!!”! That’s all I needed was to get linked to some candy-conspiracy! Going back to my previous post and how I had put in my resignation…the morning the company auditor was there to check me out, he was upstairs counting while I was downstairs. I told them I didn’t have anything to hide and they could count without me..that’s how sure I was of my count. Anyway, I sat downstairs with the crazy division manager talking about stuff. I guess he was trying to tell me a story about good versus bad management. He told me a story about a restaurant called Wiener King that was beside the place he used to work at when he was young. He said that as soon as the manager of Wiener King left the place on an errand, he could look in and see the employees jumping on the counter, throwing stuff at each other, and just acting like idiots because the manager wasn’t there. I turned to my soon-to-be-ex-boss and asked him with a serious face, “Hey, do you think Wiener King is hiring?”! I thought that was the highlight of our relationship! Hey, again, thanks for letting me air out my old memories!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

LOL Russell,and I thought I knew YOU.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Three good features.we had two of them at Georgia Square GCC in Athens, 007 went to the Palace twin downtown.wish the picture was a bit clearer.

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