Buckhead Art Cinema

3073 Peachtree Road,
Atlanta, GA 30305

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A conversion of a former drugstore, the Buckhead Art Cinema was an adult cinema, which operated from around 1969. On August 28, 1970 it became the Buckhead Cinema, playing regular movies (with an adult theme), but in September 1970 it reverted back to screening adult movies which continued until the late-1990’s. It was converted into a bar, and was demolished in 2005.

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treadway on August 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

When this theater closed I had the privilege to rummage through it and buy any of the pieces. There was a lot of adult movie stuff that I passed on. The guy piecing it out tried really hard to get me to buy the screen curtains. I didn’t have money for that so I had to pass. I wish I had bought them now.

StanMalone on October 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

I went to this location many times as a youngster when it was the Wendler and Roberts Drug Store. The attraction was an old fashioned soda fountain in the back of the store. I think that the theater opened in 1968 or 69 as an “Adult Art” theater. The fare was European style art films rated X although from what I heard from the projectionist they were really soft R.

In 1970 they had a brief change in policy running the type of standard “art” that Peachtree Battle and Ansley Mall Mini Cinemas were having some success with. The premiere feature was something starring Lee Majors as a Viking. My only visit here was during this time and the feature was some forgettable Swedish art effort.

In less than a year it was back to the old fare and before long they were advertised as XXX. Most of what I know about the Buckhead I learned from the long time union projectionist there who left to come to Lenox Square when I was the manager there. He said that the ownership paid above market and treated the employees well since in those pre security camera days skimming was a big problems in operations like this that could be run by one person.

In total, this location was in business for about 30 years or so. It closed when Buckhead became a big weekend bar scene destination and was soon gutted for the first of several bars that would occupy the spot. In 2005, this whole area was assembled and demolished for the billion dollar Shops Of Buckhead development that was abandoned half finished when the 2008 recession hit. The space on the corner of Peachtree and West Paces Ferry which was originally The Millers Book Store and was rehabbed and incorporated into the new development might might include the space the theater occupied, but it is hard to tell now.

rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Reopened on August 28th, 1970 and switched to adult programming in September. Ad in photo page.

StanMalone on April 22, 2019 at 9:03 am

Picture of this theater as it appears today posted in the photo section. Everything to the south (right) was demolished for the Shops of Buckhead development which is still in progress 12 years, two real estate booms, and one recession later.

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