Belvedere Theatre

1346 Columbia Drive,
Decatur, GA 30032

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Belvedere Theatre

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Long before ending its days as a porn house, this theater was a very family friendly movie house.

The Belvedere Theatre is literally across the street and up the hill from the Cinema 16. The Belvedere Theatre was closed in Spring of 2009.

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Rich62
Rich62 on April 2, 2009 at 6:52 am

On April 25, 2008, at approximately 10:45AM, Dekalb County sheriffs arrested Demarcus McClarin, 28, and charged him with the April 9, 2008 murder of Mac Mayer and the armed robbery of his mother, Ad Lillard (Mayer). He had been released from custody on January 18, 2008 after having served more than three years for illegally receiving and transporting firearms.

He was arrested without incident at 1901 Corners Circle in Lithonia, Georgia.

Rich62
Rich62 on April 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

You can check out the mug shot of this cold-blooded killer at the following link:

http://63.170.23.13:8081/inmatelookup

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on May 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

I rode by the theater yesterday and it is officially closed. The sign for the theater had been taken down and there is a for rent sign on the front.

GATOR
GATOR on December 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

R.I.P MAC “atlplayer”

TO MY GREAT FRIEND GONE TO SOON!
This man was a great friend to have as anyone of us could tell you.
Him and his family are the perfect ideal neighbor and friend.
I have known Ad,Mac,Mark,Mink for over 20 years.
I have had some great moments shared with them threw the years.
I am glad to say that I am still intouch with the family.
We all got so much we could say about this family
I dont know where to begin.
We could start in D'Ville. Mac was rolling in the Super Clean BMW,he loved that BLAUPUNKT cd changer.
Mark was racing that Mighty Max with a 20" Sub Woofer in the bed of the truck,the box was so big it took about four guys to lift it.
Ad was always manageing the boys and the business,and what a fine job she did at that.
So as life went by we seen this family have success within education,business,family,friends,etc.
I remember the day’s we use to hang out at Belevedere running up the stairs because the film broke,and Mark was quick to fix the problem.
Or the time I got to watch “LEAN ON ME” which was playing on the screen,The atmosphere was AMAZING
And all the times we would go to HOOTERS"all drums extra wet extra crispy,curly fries and cold beer",Steak and Shake,Pop Eyes man the list goes on and on,life was never dull hanging out with this family.
I still remember the time Mac And I “mainly me lol” tilled up Ad’s entire yard at her house,man there was so many rocks and that hard clay ground I was about to pass out,meanwhile mac was on the porch kicked back giving directions.
We all have so many GREAT things to say about MAC and this family.
So I will close by asking all the friends of MAC and this family, to keep them in your prayers as I will do the same.

ALWAYS GREATFUL TO CALL YOU ALL MY FRIEND’S/EXTENDED FAMILY.
LOVE TONY

SuperBlackbird13
SuperBlackbird13 on June 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I seem to remember seeing E.T. and the Evil Dead there in 1982. Anyone remember seeing those, or am I thinking of the wrong place?
I definitely remember my Dad buying the Evil Dead tickets for me and my brother because we were too young. That movie, silly at it was, scared the hell out of us.

Handy
Handy on June 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I’m afraid this theater may have burned down today:

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The article doesn’t specifically mention the theater, but then again, as J.B. above has shown, the theater didn’t even have a sign any more.

If it’s gone, what a shame…but then again, maybe good riddance and start fresh, considering the history.

It’s pretty crazy that J.B. just posted today saying “Here is how the Belvedere looks now” about 5 minutes after the call came in to the fire department (according to the article).

I’m not saying, but I’m saying!

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on June 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

I took the picture on Easter Sunday and have just figured out how to load it on my computer and post it.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on July 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Here is the damage to the strip center. The theater did not burn down but probably sustained smoke and water damage.
www.flickr.com/photos/jfb57/4752285707/?addedcomment=1#comment72157624401106496

bk31
bk31 on September 4, 2010 at 10:49 am

We sometimes work for the landlord and we’ve heard from him that the theater hasn’t received much, if any, damage as a direct result of the fire. It sounds like everything to the left of the burnt out space suffered most of the smoke damage. I guess there’s an ongoing arson investigation, and until that’s resolved no work can be done to clear the site or repair the adjacent buildings which could be trouble.

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