Old Dixie Cinema

5855 Old Dixie Road,
Forest Park, GA 30297

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One of the first and definitely the best of the Jerry Lewis Cinemas to crop up in the metro Atlanta area during the 1970’s. The theatre primarily showed second run and family fair (nothing with a rating above PG). Needless to say this severely limited what the theatre could offer during a period in which X rated films were running alongside G and PG fair in some of the metro multiplexes.

It was later twinned, then went over to porn movies.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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JesseBrantley
JesseBrantley on February 13, 2006 at 3:35 pm

I remember going to Old Dixie many times during the 70’s and 80’s. It was the only theater on the South side of Atlanta to show the movie Alien on its first run

During the 80’s one of the auditoriums was split creating two very narrow auditoriums. After closing originally, it reopened as a dollar house. Then it closed again. Then became a church. Finally it was set on fire by a volunteer fireman and demolished in the mid 90’s. Now a hispanic strip center is where the Old Dixie was.

StanMalone
StanMalone on August 11, 2006 at 7:39 am

At some point during the late 70’s the Old Dixie went through the XXX phase. This seemes to be something that every Jerry Lewis Cinema in the entire country went through at one time. Their small size and minimal staffing requirements made them ideal for this purpose. The one on Buford Hwy still operates in this manner to this day. During this phase the Old Dixie was raided by the Clayton County Police and the manager / projectionist was carted off to jail. Funny how these things work. They never seem to arrest the owners or bookers, just the poor saps trying to make a living. The solicitors undoubtedly realized that it was an easy conviction since few managers had the money to hire a lawyer and the owners would just pay their fines and mark it up to the cost of doing business. The result: Business as usual for the theatre owner, good publicity during an election year for the solicitor, and a criminal record for the poor manager and projectionist who were just doing their jobs and had no say in what was being played.

JBrantley
JBrantley on January 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

To the best of my knowledge Old Dixie never went to all porn. I don’t even remember it showing any X-rated movie. It was always a twin but later one auditorium was split and it was then a triple.

There was a time in the 1970s when an X-rated move such as Alice In Wonderland, or Tarzan Shame of the Jungle would play at the multiplexes. I remember Arrowhead playing these occasionally like all the other Weis Theaters would. I don’t remembe this at Old Dixie.

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