Belvedere Theatre

1346 Columbia Drive,
Decatur, GA 30032

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rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 12:31 am

This opened in 1964. No ad found.

bk31 on September 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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.

JFBrantley on July 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Here is the damage to the strip center. The theater did not burn down but probably sustained smoke and water damage.

JFBrantley on June 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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

Handy on June 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

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!

SuperBlackbird13 on June 8, 2010 at 10:51 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.

GATOR on December 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

R.I.P MAC “atlplayer”

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.


JFBrantley on May 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm

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.

Rich62 on April 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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

Rich62 on April 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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.

StanMalone on April 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I have no brief for the City of Decatur Police Department, but lets be fair about one thing here. While the theatre has a Decatur mailing address, it is really in unincorporated DeKalb County. This means that the responsibility for investigating the crime, to say nothing of protecting the citizens of this area, falls on the DeKalb County Police Department.

Lets also be realistic. This is not the type of victim that engenders much sympathy from the general public. While it appears to be more of a street crime and could just as easily have happened to the victim and his mother if they had been walking out of any of the stores in the shopping center, the emphasis that the news stories put on the adult theatre aspect of this incident makes it just that much easier for the police to file this one in the inactive file and get on with whatever they were doing. (Please note: I said I was talking realistic here, not fair or right.)

I am sure that the police would like to have this case solved, for statistical purposes if nothing else, and if someone cared to walk into the station and supply the name of the perp then I am sure that they would be happy to listen. That possibility aside, I am afraid that this type of crime, against this type of victim, in this neighborhood, is not going to attract much pressure from the public or effort from the police. On the other hand, had the victim been the son of a business owner walking out of her store in, say, Northlake or Perimeter Malls, then I am sure that the situation would be investigated, and reported differently.

Hopefully, someday the police will arrest someone that knows the identity of the murderer and that particular someone will offer the name in exchange for a deal.

Bubster on April 15, 2008 at 11:40 am

I could not be at the funural, my wife Alice was there and I just had the pleasure of listening to the eulogy given by Mac’s friend Abe from his college days, thank you Abe! you’re words reminded us as to how special a person Mac really was and for some of us you gave the gift of getting to know a side of Mac that we unfortunately did not have the pleasure to experience on a personal level as you did.

Mac from you’re family in California, taken from all of us at the prime of your life we will always remember you, rest in peace we miss and love you always.

Love, JAV

DonSuburban on April 15, 2008 at 3:45 am

It is such a awesome thing to see people say so many great things about such a great human being. My Grandmother was one of AD’s first friends when she came from Thailand and she also owned the original game room in early 90’s were Mac was sharpening his great pool skills. My grandmother stayed very close to Ad as my cousins started to develop a very close friendship with the boys.I spent alot of my youth in the game room with my grandma really just looking up to all these guys.My little cousin was 3 years old and knew mac as her first boyfriend and didnt have a problem telling Brenda that mac was her boyfriend. Seeing mac drive pass in the that silver 300zx always made everyones head turn and I remember as a lot of people did thinking damn thats is the baddest car in this whole city. Our prayers go out to the family. As some of you may know Decaturs finest and most of the local media really isnt being much help so anything we can all do to get the real story out would be great. The story has flip flopped in all local news and most of them dont seem correct. It seems like people are more interested in the fact that it was at an adult theater and not the fact that a great man was killed in cold blood. That theater did show adult movies but not hardcore xxx porn/orgys/gangbangs like how the media has been trying to portray for years.I am only sorry that i wasnt able to get to know some of you other great people that left kind words on this forum.


Marcus09 on April 15, 2008 at 1:42 am

Mac was like a big brother to me. Mac and my brother Maureese were best of friends growing up. I went to the funeral today and was reminded of how much fun we had growing up. Me, Mark, Mac, Maureese, Marco, Santis and a lot of others grew up playing baseball in the backyard, riding bikes, skateboarding, and shooting b b guns. Our hearts go out to the Mayer family and we miss Mac very much.

Bubster on April 13, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for you’re kind words T, Mac we love and miss you more than words can describe.

If you have any information on the individual that has committed this crime please contact the police and help bring peace to our family.


markp on April 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

What the hell is the world coming to???

markp on April 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I was wondering the same thing. It sounds like he was.

longislandmovies on April 11, 2008 at 4:15 am

was he killed in the hold up………

Trina on April 11, 2008 at 3:26 am

I have known the Mayer family for many many years. Mac, Mark, Ad, and Mink are very special people. Though some of you may not agree on what this theatre brings to the community, remember that they are doing just what everyone else is doing.. working to support themselves. They’re not on welfare, you and I as tax payers are not supporting them. They, unlike most immigrants to this country, are earning their keep and expressing their rights. If what they’re doing is illegal, they would have been shut down long ago.

Mac was a wonderful man, and a true chivalrist. Some of you should follow his example. He loved his mother, brother, and sister more than anyone will ever know. He was truly a family man. We’ll miss you Mac, and it’s been a honor knowing you the past 18 years.

Much love,


JFBrantley on April 11, 2008 at 12:48 am

While listening to the news last night, there was a story about the owner’s son being shot while leaving the theater. Someone apparently tried to rob them.

There have been stories recently in the news of how the neighborhood is trying to shut the theater down but to now avail.

JFBrantley on April 11, 2008 at 12:47 am

While listening to the news last night, there was a story about the owner’s son being shot while leaving the theater. Someone apparently tried to rob them.

There have been stories recently in the news of how the neighborhood is trying to shut the theater down but to now avail.

WHITEFIELD on August 13, 2007 at 1:48 am

Here is a picture I took.
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WHITEFIELD on June 5, 2007 at 12:46 am

Here is a better one.
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WHITEFIELD on May 26, 2007 at 2:44 am

Here is another picture of The Belvedere Theatre
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