Metropolitan Theatre

Luckie Street and Broad Street,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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The Metropolitan Theatre opened July 5, 1921 at the corner of Luckie Street and Broad Street. The Metropolitan Theatre was closed in 1931.

Contributed by John Tanner

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JackCoursey on September 16, 2007 at 6:17 pm

The Metropolitan must have been long gone before 1960. I wasn’t aware there ever existed another theatre of this size in the Atlanta area other than the Fox, Rialto, Erlanger, Loews or the Paramount. Any idea as to its exact location, when it was closed/demolished and what ever became of the organ?

1234 on September 17, 2007 at 9:35 am

For much more information on this theatre google up Atlanta Chapter ATOS, I have written a series of articles on many of Atlanta’s theatre that are too long to post here. Also you will find articles on the Howard/PAramount, Capitol, Keith’s Georgia (later Roxy) in other months of the newsletters.
Indeed the Metropolitan is not known by many because it closed in 1931.

JackCoursey on September 17, 2007 at 9:47 am

J. Tanner: Thanks and will do! I attended some of the AGO meetings while residing in Atlanta but was never able to hook up with the ATOS. What ever became of the former WSB radio broadcaster who played the organ at the Fox, or of Jay (I can’t recall his last name) who was the organist at the pizza parlor over on Franklin Road? Is Joe Patten still with us?

1234 on September 17, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Jack: The metropolitan article is in the November newsletter. Jay Mitchel is doing some organ work around but don’t run across him very much. Joe Patten is still around but has retired as technical director of the Fox. Bob Van Camp who was the WSB radio announcer and House Organist at the Fox for many years passed away in the early 1990’s

Don K.
Don K. on September 28, 2007 at 11:06 am

John _ Thank you for your wonderful articles on the Atlanta Chapter ATOS website! My father vividly remembered seeing movies at the Metroplitan. In fact, his older brother, my late Uncle Herbert, worked as an usher at the Metropolitan Theatre! My dad saw the original 1925 LOST WORLD at the Metroploitan. He took my grandmother to see Al Jolson in THE JAZZ SINGER at the Metropolitan, as well. You’ve uncovered a piece of Atlanta history that only a very few native Atlantans are aware of today. Again, I thank you!

Michael B.
Michael B. on July 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I was able to acquire several estate items once owned by the actress Dixie Dunbar who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920’s and went on to Broadway and Hollywood in the 1930’s. One item of particular interest relevant to this theatre is a trophy “Presented by The Atlanta Georgian (Newspaper?) To The Best Charleston Dancer in Atlanta —– Atlanta Georgian-Metropolitan Theatre Charleston Dancing Contest, January 2nd, 1926 to Tootsie Dunbar, Age 7.” Tootsie was the nickname given to her by her mother when she was young. She lived on Ponce De Leon Avenue, not far from where this theatre was located. I’m trying to research anything I can about her and anything more about this theatre would be greatly appreciated. I’ve included some photos of the trophy.

CSWalczak on July 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

A copy of the grand opening ad for the Metropolitan can be seen here.

JBrantley on January 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the picture. I have wondered what this theater looked like.

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