Tara Cinemas

2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324

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cccmoviehouses
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.

EddieParrott
EddieParrott on May 28, 2013 at 5:45 am

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

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

Briefly described in this 1968 trade report: Boxoffice

zmcghee
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.

Doc_Brown
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.

Daryl
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?

StanMalone
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:

/theaters/18519/

jumboloan
jumboloan on October 1, 2010 at 7:02 am

I think the Buckhead Art Cinema at west paces ferry and Peachtree was there the longest? BTW, anyone remember the drive-in at the site of the Richway->Lindbergh Marta station?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

now showing Sept.13 2001

“CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION”

“BROTHER”

“HEDWIG and THE ANGRY INCH”

“APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX”

Daryl
Daryl on March 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Thanks Stan. Speegie would have been proud.

StanMalone
StanMalone on March 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Nope. Like you I was assuming that Jack meant indoor theatres, or as they say in the trades, walk in or hardtops.

The Starlight opened the south field in 1949 and the north in 1953. The south was closed for a while when the snack bar burned. The north closed a year later when it was split. Every winter one side or the other closes for the season, something I never understood the theory on. However, as far as I know, at least something has been open there since opening day although they close on Christmas Eve, and for the occasional power outage.

I no longer work there, at least regularly, but I did write a history of the place on its page here:

/theaters/11497/

As for indoors, without looking at a list, I can think of the Grand, the Fox, Garden Hills / Fine Art, Plaza (if you count its XXX years), and the Lenox which might have been only 39 years 8 months. I hesitate to even go down this road because I know that people will start listing reasons why some of these places were not in continious operation. Even the Tara shut down once for two days when it was first twinned.

Maybe I should start off the previous paragraph with the words “Generally speaking….”

Most of the indoor theatres built during the 60’s lasted only 25 or so years at the most, some a lot less. I think that the shortest existance for a regular indoor theatre (as opposed to some of the XXX storefront operations) was the Atlantic, an Eastern Federal location on Memorial Drive in or near the Kirkwood area. It lasted only about 5 years.

Daryl
Daryl on March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Stan, are you saying that the Tara has been in continuous operation longer than the Starlight Drive In; are you sure? That does not seem right to me though I could well be wrong. Did the Starlight shut down for a while at some point? Please, straighten me out on this one.

StanMalone
StanMalone on March 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

“The Tara still holds the distinction of being the only theatre in the Atlanta area with more than forty years of continuous operation.”

Jack: I guess you mean among the theatres currently in operation. I know that we could both think of several that lasted more than 40 years that are now gone.

Daryl
Daryl on March 12, 2010 at 3:11 am

For Jack Coursey’s post just above this reply: What about the Starlight Drive-In Theater that opened in the 1950’s…or are you referring to actual indoor theaters?

Doonyman
Doonyman on March 12, 2010 at 3:05 am

Wow. The Tara was NEVER closed? Not even for a week or a month when changing ownership? If that’s the case, that’s pretty impressive.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on March 12, 2010 at 3:02 am

Quite right! It will be 42 come this May. The Tara still holds the distinction of being the only theatre in the Atlanta area with more than forty years of continuous operation.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on March 12, 2010 at 3:01 am

Quite right! It will be 42 come this May. The Tara still holds the distinction of being the only theatre in the Atlanta area with more than forty years of continuous operation.

Daryl
Daryl on March 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

For Jack Coursey’s post just above this reply: Regarding the (Loews) Tara Theater on Cheshire Bridge Road…it opened in 1968; so, it’s not quite 48 years old…yet.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on March 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

The Tara is still Terrific! It has been over twenty five years since I last cast a shadow in its lobby so it was a total sensory experience when I recently returned. The theatre is a classic and far larger than I remembered. The ridge across the ceiling of cinema one and four suggest that the theatre originally had a giant curved screen similar to the Georgia Cinerama. The place looks great for 48 years of continuous operation, a record for an Atlanta theatre. Feast your orbs: 1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on March 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

It will always be the LOEWS TARA to me. When it was one theatre and they ran 6 track stereo 70mm roadshow movies like OLIVER!, HELLO DOLLY, FUNNY GIRL and SCROOGE. Them were the days. View link

Doonyman
Doonyman on March 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I wish they would remodel the exterior of the building. I just drove by the Tara today and walked around and it looks like a relic now, and not in a good way. It seems in the 8 years since I last visited the area, the city has done a good job of revitalizing/renovating the surrounding area by building some new apartment high-rises, etc. Now if only they could remodel the Tara so it doesn’t look like some 1960’s spaceship nightmare.

Daryl
Daryl on March 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

Don’t forget that the film “The Gods Must be Crazy” ran continuously for some 100+ weeks at the theater. (I saw it one cold, snowy Monday night in January with only a few people in the theater, several being actor Chuck Norris and his party.) Also, the highly publicized film “Caligulia” that ran nearly 24/7 after the Fulton County Sheriff raided the theater, stopped the film, turned on the lights and photographed the audience. They were soon thereafter selling out mid-week runs of the film starting before 10Am. The publicity, the raid and all of the shocked “Buckhead Bettie’s” made the film the hottest ticket in town.

peiklk
peiklk on January 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

If anyone here is on Facebook, I just created a Fan Page there as well. I love reading these memories of a cherished theatre!

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