Navrang Theatres

10743 Alpharetta Highway,
Roswell, GA 30076

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This was allegedly the last of the ill-fated Jerry Lewis Cinemas franchise to take seed in the metro Atlanta area. Unlike many of its kin, the Brannon Square was able to stay afloat quite a while after the circuit went belly up without having to resort to showing porno to keep the creditors at bay.

The theatre was sparse, designed for a staff of two, one to work the concessions and the other to man the ticket and projector booths. The lobby consisted of a concession stand that also served as a box office and a single set of restrooms.

The last time I patronized the Brannon Square Cinema was in the 1980’s. Although it was a second run venue at this time, it was very clean and the projection and sound were top notch for a cinema of this class.

It was reopened in 2011 as the Navrang Theatres, screening East Indian films.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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raymondstewart
raymondstewart on April 11, 2006 at 10:39 am

I’ve heard several stories about Brannon Square’s origins. The nearby Roswell Village was definately a Jerry Lewis at one point. Both came under Cineplex Odeon control with the buyouts of Plitt and Septum. Was operated for a short time by Carmike after they took over from Cineplex Odeon. A friend on mine’s father was with Carmike as a VP and showed me the financial info that Carmike got when they took over from Cineplex and the ONLY theater that Cineplex had left that was turning a profit was Brannon Square! As I understood it, Carmike took over the locations they did from Cineplex for a token amount with an understanding they would also take one of the Memorial Dr. theaters if Cineplex could make it turn a profit, that’s why the one Memorial Dr. theaters continued on under the Cineplex banner for a few more months.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on April 11, 2006 at 11:01 am

Is anything left of this theatre?

StanMalone
StanMalone on April 11, 2006 at 5:12 pm

I never attended either of these places, but do remember when both came into existance. I think that Raymond is right about the Roswell Village being the Jerry Lewis. If my memory is correct, not a sure thing these days, Septum took over the old JL at the same time as the Buford Hwy JL. They then built the Brannon Square later on. Or, it may have been vice versa, but I am pretty sure the Brannon appeared in the Septum ads after they were already established.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on July 20, 2007 at 3:53 am

Here are photos from July 2007 of the former cinema. The stucco façade was not part of the original design and added on sometime during the nineteen eighties:1, 2, 3, 4

rivest266
rivest266 on February 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

This reopened in 2011 as Navrang Theatres http://www.navrangtheaters.com/nav_rang/show.do1

It shows movies from India.

jdaniel
jdaniel on August 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I worked at this theater, and Roswell Village, from 83 to 85 for an @*% of a manager!!! Oh hello there Steve. Actually you were one of the best supervisors I’ve ever worked for. In the event you don’t remember the name my brother dated Carly Price, now married. We did have some good times at this theater, as you stated, when outstanding movies reigned.

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