Alps Cinema

191 Alps Road,
Athens, GA 30606

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Alps Cinema

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The Alps Cinema was a very small theatre opened in 1968. In 1974 Weis Theatres took over operation. In 1984 Litchfield took over extremely briefly, then turned over to Georgia Theatre Company. United Artists took over GTC operations in 1988 and quickly divested the cinema. It then became Abrams Alps Cinema. A longtime adult or dollar house, it flirted with independent film briefly before closing in 2000. A victim of expanding multiples and a redeveloping shopping center, no trace of the Alps Cinema remains visible.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm

THE ALPS theatre was up on the hill on the lefthand side of the road across from the Beechwood theatres. It sat on the end of the lot.

Doonyman on November 29, 2009 at 3:07 am

You mean like where the Chili’s is now? Or on the other side where the Office Depot is?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I can’t say for sure because i live inAugusta now,maybe someone from Athens will see this and let you know. It was in walking distance of the BEECHWOOD 1 and 2.

Doonyman on March 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm

That’s what I thought. I wonder how long that space sat vacant between 2000 (when it closed) and 2003/2004 when it reopened as a Kroger. I also wonder if they just razed it to the ground and started over or just remodeled the existing interior/exterior to make it into a grocery store.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Doonyman,I came across a picture of the ALPS the other day. A local theatre group was using it for a play i guess back in the middle 90’s.

joshmassey on July 2, 2010 at 7:33 am

Wait a second, wasn’t the Alps Theater at the very end of the shopping center, closest to Baxter? Isn’t the Kroger at the other end?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

yes, Joshmassey it was at the very end of the shopping center. I have pictures,but not the equipment to get them on.

Matt Ceccato
Matt Ceccato on December 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This theater had a policy trailer that announced the theater’s staff. Among the staff was Al Johnson, the custodian. Al always got a thunderous applause, as the theater was the cleanest in town.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 12, 2013 at 2:55 am

neat,never heard of that…..Mpc.

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