Hilltop Family Cinema
1421 Bankhead Highway SW,
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The Hilltop Family Cinema was a fairly non-descript theater in a suburb first heavily populated by the white flight of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Part of a strip shopping center built in the mid-sixties it opened as part of the Jerry Lewis chain and was known as the Mableton Twin. My sources indicate that it was built as a true twin, and remained so throughout its lifetime. I’m sure it changed hands many times before being renamed Hilltop Family Cinema. I believe that the theatre was redecorated in the 1970s when Dolby was added, but that was the last time that the theater had any work done.
By the Nineties it was mostly known for the fact that it had one of the best “Rocky Horror” casts in the Atlanta, and I think by the end “Rocky Horror” might have been all it showed. A Creative Loafing article indicates that it closed in 1999, but other sources have it listed as a working theater until 2002. I have the feeling that this was a nice little theater at some point, but by the time I went to watch Rocky Horror in the mid-Nineties it was a mess. Hopefully, someone will have better information.
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