Tara Cinema

12315 Largo Drive,
Savannah, GA 31419

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fyfas
fyfas on February 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

I managed the Weis Cinema (906 seats) on Largo Drive beginning in 1967. It had a large lobby to accomodate sell-out crowds. Ticket price was $1.50 for adults.

There were two open-air courtyards on either side of the lobby. In time the one to the right (looking towards Largo Drive from the concession stand) was enclosed and Cinema II was created (326 seats). The left side courtyatd was encloed too and was rented to a Spa/Exercise club. After that failed Albert Weis converted the space to Cinema III. Cinema II played mostly “art” films; often foreign language which was a tough sell then in Savannah.

By then Albert moved me downtown into the main office on Broughton Street from where I ran the adjacent Weis Theatre (1200 seats)

swamp30439
swamp30439 on September 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm

StanMalone: Hi Swamp here yes I fun memories of the Oglethorpe theater I saw my first James Bond movie there Diamonds Are Forever (1971) so the opening was not in 1975 I am not sure of the opening because I move to Metter Ga. in 1975

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I see that the Oglethorpe has now been listed:

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/42921

StanMalone
StanMalone on September 7, 2013 at 7:22 am

Regarding the labeling of the theatres, Weis did exactly the same thing with the Riverside Twin in Macon. He also changed all of their multi-screen locations to the Cinema Centre name, spelling it “re” although I never understood why.

Swamp30439: There is one theatre, the Oglethorpe, which has never been listed here even though it was a first run Ultravision equipped house. Can you recall any memories of it?

swamp30439
swamp30439 on September 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Hi all I was born in Savannah Ga. and there to 1975 I was 15 when we move to Metter Ga. as a kid I went to This cinema my mom and dad would drop me and friends off for a little time away from us kids.

nivenone
nivenone on January 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

When the theater was open it was called Cinema 1. This was the large theater. The theate was part of a small mall that Weis built. Later he inclosed the mall to create three additional theaters. This addition took place over several years in the early 1970’s. During the early 70’s he called it Cinema 1 and Cinema 2. The Cinema 1 was called the popular showplace and Cinema 2 was called the intimate theater. When the third cinema was added he called it the Weis Cinema Center.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 23, 2007 at 2:36 pm

An October 18, 1999 article about the closing of the Abercorn Cinema in Savannah, briefly mentions this theater: Another United Artists movie theater — the four-screen Tara — closed in January.