Tara Cinemas

2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324

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The Tara Cinemas is, in my opinion, the perfect art house theater and here’s her story:

Tara was built by a local buisness man who had previously built her sister theater in downtown Atlanta. Naturally, she was named after the house in “Gone with the Wind”.

Originally she was a single screen theater, but was later twinned. Some where in the 1970’s, from what I have been told, two more screens were added on. Then in the 1980’s United Artists Theatres bought the Tara Cinemas and used her as the VP’s office theatre.

The Tara Cinemas checkerboard titled lobby is awesome. Albeit a small lobby, it more than compensates with its excellent hanging portraits of many stars like Garbo, Connery, and Chaplin.

Although the recent merger of UA/Regal/Edwards has hindered several theaters, the Tara Cinemas keeps going strong in the box office.

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StanMalone on October 1, 2010 at 7:27 am

The Buckhead Art was built in 1969 in the storefront space of the old Wendler and Roberts Drug Store. With the exception of a very short effort as an art house is was 35MM softcore its entire life. In the early 90’s it was gutted and replaced by the first of many bars to occupy that space during the prime years of the Buckhead Village party days. In all it lasted about 20 years.

The drive in at Lindbergh was the Piedmont Drive In. It was operated by the Dixie chain and later sold to Storey. Its page on this site is:


Daryl on June 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

Stan, did you know a Mr. Kinard that operated the concessions at the Piedmont Drive-In?

Doc_Brown on August 10, 2011 at 7:18 am

The Tara underwent a modestly budgeted face-lift in mid-2004 under the Regal Entertainment Group design team of Nicole Potter and Angie Berry. They began with the interesting curved shapes of the existing lobby space and used it as the embryo for their “new” interior concept—One that was intended to convey what might have been built during the transitional phase between the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne time periods. Working almost exclusively with off-the-shelf materials, they were able to coax a “vintage” cinema feel from what had previously been a dated hodgepodge covered in a forlorn coat of unflattering pink paint. From there, they made full upgrades to the refreshment stand and restroom spaces that also helped mirror the 1930’s-‘40’s, replete with rich finishes, banded-aluminum inlaid millwork, and lighting fixtures chosen to enhance a period look. From the earlier lobby, several dramatic monochrome portraits of Golden-Age film icons were salvaged and mounted on the high walls, along with a selection of classic deco travel posters. Finally, they added custom carpet, and a seating area with period-look furnishings to create a comfortable place to gather before or after the film. Several photos taken of the finished project have been added.

zmcghee on October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This theater is now all-digital projection. The projection is quite poor in auditorium 2, however, because of the angle of the room and the configuration of the projector — the picture is so askew it’s practically diagonal. Hopefully that can be fixed. Other auditoriums look good.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That is AWESOME, thanks for posting. GREAT article. Too bad the theatre isn’t like that anymore. Well, at least it’s still open, chopped up though it may be. Back in 1969 seeing a 70mm film at the Loew’s Tara was a real event.

EddieParrott on May 28, 2013 at 5:45 am

Planning a 45th from July 8 – 11, 2013 Looking for pictures, infor, etc.

cccmoviehouses on February 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Remember the Tara, while living in Atlanta in the early seventies my wife and I saw “The Sting” here, great movie, seems it was a single screen theater then, so glad the Tara is still in business.

Troy on July 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

This theater is very interesting. It is very very small. The tile work is very amazing. But, if you want to see a new movie you will be out of luck. This theater only shows independent and small release films. Movies come here before they get released to “ Straight to DVD ” They also play special editions an director cut films here. Sometimes it is even closed for private screenings. I myself have only been here a few times * count on one hand * But I know if you like running into famous people this is the theater in Atlanta to goto.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

Went here in December to see Room/ Loved the theater.

JackCoursey on September 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Here’s an idea: reconfigure the original building to bring back the original screen by moving back the walls of the front two auditoriums. The original screen would out IMAX IMAX. Install stadium seating in all four of the auditoria. The larger screen could be used for screening 70mm classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Aliens, Patton and of course, Gone With the Wind. This would make it one of the best art houses in the USA and insure that it remains a viable operation for another 50 years. Just a thought…

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