Southlake Cinema 8

6795 Green Industrial Way,
Morrow, GA 30260

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Previously operated by: Georgia Theatre Company, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Southlake Cinema 8

Opened on April 12, 1985. The Southlake Cinema 8 is the clone of the Shannon 8 in Union City, Georgia. Both were opened around the same time by Georgia Theatre Company and both were later acquired by the now defunct United Artist Theatres. Nothing really remarkable about either theatre save for the fact they were considered state of the art during their early years of operation. It was closed in 2000.

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JesseBrantley on November 24, 2006 at 7:28 pm

Actually this venue stayed open for a while after Southlake Pavilion opened. As a matter of fact, it out bid Southlake Pavilion for “Titanic.” At first it was a nice place to see movies but after a while people began misbehaving during the movies.

Jedireject on June 2, 2008 at 3:57 am

I worked at this theatre from 1993 until 1998 when I moved over to the Gwinnett District Office United Artists Theatre.

My time there was some of the absolute best times in a job ever. Great friends and a great place to work, though it could not keep up with the changing times.

United Artists Theatres corporate lived in the past. They could not comprehend the changing times coming with the advent of stadium seating and full digital houses. I was an assistant manager there most of my time and we sent several proposals to corporate for new site locations only to be told there was no market for a new theatre there. Ironically one of the locations would later be chosen by AMC to build a flagship 24 screen location.

Cinemas 8 was one of the only existing “self-serve” theatres at the time anywhere that I knew of. You entered into a large enclosed area and picked up your popcorn bucket and cup and filled as you liked. It gave you full control how much butter to put on your corn.

Course, that was a huge pain to clean up after a rush. People are messy. Corn was popped from behind and a series of augers were used to pour the corn out into buckets.

There were 8 screens. When I started only two were Dolby. We added two more later on.

Screen 1 – Mono sound, small house (80 seats?)
Screen 2 – Mono sound, medium house (100+ seats?)
Screen 3 – Stereo, medium/large house (200+ seats?)
Screen 4 – Dolby Stereo, Silver Screen, large house (300 seats?)
Screen 5 – Dolby Stereo, DTS Sound, 35/70mm, large house (300 seats?)
Screen 6 – Stereo, medium/large house (200+ seats?)
Screen 7 – Mono sound, medium house (100+ seats?)
Screen 8 – Mono sound, small house (80 seats?)

Sadly, the area went down hill while I was there and we ended up getting robbed on three different occasions. I was robbed at gun point once myself. The theatre now sits closed and boarded up. I’d love to get back in there for a memory tour. Several of us still keep in touch from time to time.

I wonder if that rolling popper stand is still behind screen 5?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I can’t believe they used the paging system during a film.Call employees off break,Your lights are on.What idiot ran the place.Oh I forgot it was Georgia Theatre that explains it.

rivest266 on April 13, 2018 at 9:28 pm

This opened as a GTC theatre on April 12th, 1985. Grand opening ad found and posted in the photo section.

rivest266 on April 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

and closed in 2000

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