Loew's Grand Theatre

157 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Loew's Grand Theatre

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Built in 1893 as the DeGive Grand Opera House, it was remodeled in 1923 to become Loew’s Grand Theatre. It was here that the ‘Gala World Premiere’ of "Gone With The Wind" was held in 1939.

The Loew’s Grand Theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and last used for storage, was damaged by fire in January 1978. It was demolished later in 1978.

The theater was memorialized by Davis Cone’s painting which can be viewed in Popcorn Palaces, available from Harry Abrams books.

Contributed by William Gabel

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RSM3853
RSM3853 on March 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

1972-1975 Films at Loew’s Grand – Atlanta (Dates are the opening week’s Wednesday)(Research from microfilms of The Atlanta Constitution). 12/22/71 Soul Soldier 01/12/72 Hot Pants Holiday 01/19/72 My Old Man’s Place 01/26/72 J. W. Coop 02/09/72 Cry Uncle 02/23/72 Mark of the Devil 03/22/72 The Love Cult 03/29/72 The Ten Commandments 04/19/72 Georgia, Georgia 05/03/72 Buck and the Preacher 05/31/72 The Legend of “Black” Charley 07/19/72 Night of the Lepus 08/02/72 Blacula 08/30/72 Melinda 10/18/72 The Swinging Stewardesses 11/01/72 The Dirtiest Girl I Ever Met 11/08/72 Trouble Man 12/20/72 Black Gunn 01/24/73 Slaughter/Blacula 01/31/73 Last House on the Left 02/21/73 Shaft/Shaft’s Big Score 02/28/73 Wattstax 04/18/73 The Mack 05/30/73 Charley One-Eye 06/13/73 The Soul of “Black” Charley 06/27/73 Scream, Blacula, Scream 08/01/73 Cleopatra Jones 09/26/73 Kung Fu—The Invisible Fist/Duel of the Iron Fist 10/10/73 The Spook Who Sat by the Door 11/07/73 Coffy/The Mack 12/05/73 The Karate Killer 12/19/73 Hell Up in Harlem 01/23/74 Bamboo Gods and Iron Men 02/06/74 Black Belt Jones 03/13/74 The Dragon’s Vengeance 03/20/74 Street Gangs of Hong Kong 03/27/74 Deranged 04/03/74 Three Tough Guys 04/24/74 Thomasine and Bushrod 05/15/74 Mark of the Devil, Part II 05/29/74 Africa Uncensored 06/12/74 The Take 06/19/74 The Mandarin Magician 06/26/74 The Exorcist 07/24/74 The Education of Sonny Carson 08/14/74 Black Samson 09/11/74 Sting of the Dragon Masters/Attack of the Kung Fu Girls 09/25/74 Lady Sings the Blues/Education of Sonny Carson 10/02/74 Zatoichi—The Blind Swordsman 10/16/74 The House on Skull Mountain 11/06/74 The Street Fighter 11/20/74 The Black Dragon 12/11/74 The Chinese Mechanic/The Mandarin Magician 12/18/74 Boss Nigger 01/22/75 Serpico/Death Wish 01/29/75 The Devil’s Nightmare/In the Devil’s Garden 02/12/75 Bogard 02/26/75 The Beast Must Die/Seizure 03/05/75 Report to the Commissioner 03/19/75 Force Four 04/09/75 Enter the Dragon/Red Sun 04/16/75 Nigger Lover 04/30/75 The Candy Tangerine Man 05/21/75 Pop Goes the Weasel 06/04/75 Bug 06/11/75 Lepke 06/25/75 Bruce Lee and I 07/02/75 Superdude 07/23/75 Get Nigger Rich on # 666 07/30/75 Ali, the Man…Ali, the Fighter 08/13/75 Cooley High 10/15/75 Let’s Do It Again 12/24/75 Aaron Loves Angela (My research stops at the end of 1975 – if anyone can cover the remaining films, it would be nice. A few of these “Blaxploitation” titles were a little offensive, using a word I wouldn’t use, but I copied them as they were.)

ELawrimore
ELawrimore on August 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

I have just obtained a picture of Rhett and Scarlett and waxed in the middle of the picture is a ticket to the show from 1939. Can anyone help me with this. I don’t know if it’s worth anything or not. There is a picture of it as my avatar. Thanks for your help.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on November 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

How convenient that a fire broke out the same time as they were trying to save it. What occupies this site now?

Rstewart
Rstewart on November 10, 2013 at 5:37 am

The Georgia-Pacific Building sits on the site.

Coate
Coate on December 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

“Gone With the Wind”… Happy 75th! Premiered here this day in 1939.

StanMalone
StanMalone on December 16, 2014 at 5:55 am

You would be amazed at how many people think GWTW had its premiere at the Fox. I saw a star of one of the stage shows greeting the crowd from the Fox stage and saying how great it was to be performing at the theatre where GWTW opened. Crowd loved it of course, and I never heard anyone comment about it.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

The IMAX Concession Lobby in the Sony/Loews Theatres Lincoln Square complex on New York’s Upper West Side is designed in an Art Deco Style in honor of this former Loew’s Motion Picture Palace.

Mxrldp
Mxrldp on September 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

I have had a set of 4 seats from the Loew’s grand for many years. I’ve never gotten them appraised. Anybody have any idea of the worth or know where the majority of them ended up. I see where they were sold to a church, but don’t know which one.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 27, 2017 at 10:24 am

I noticed that Willlburg145 on 11-9-13 mentioned how convenient it was that a fire broke out just as efforts were being made to save the Grand. Same thing happened in Boston in 1961 when a move started to save the Old Howard Theatre which was in the way of an office development. A fire, of “undetermined origin” broke out one day which gutted the building, leading to its demolition. Just a coincidence, of course. Nothing supicious, just one of those things, etc. Yeah, right,

Coate
Coate on October 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

It was at this venue 50 years ago today that “Gone With The Wind” had its (infamous) 70mm re-release re-premiere.

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