583 Peachtree Street,
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The Erlanger Theatre started life in 1926 as a live 1,790 seat playhouse with stage and four floors of backstage dressing rooms. There were 672 seats on the main level, 190 in the first balcony, and 928 in the second balcony. By 1950 it had been renamed Tower Theatre and was operating as a movie theatre.
Sometime around the late-1950’s, the Martin Theatres chain took over and completly rebuilt the inside to the plans of architectural firm Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild & Paschel. It became the Martin Cinerama Theatre, equipped with the 3-strip system. Later two 70mm projectors were installed.
It was taken over by Walter Reade in 1968. It was later taken over by Weis Theatres and was re-named Atlanta Theatre until they closed it in the late-1970’s. In 1982 it was taken over by an independent operator and reopened as the Columbia Theatre which operated until closing in 1988.
By then the building was owned by the North Avenue Presbyterian Chuch located next door, and they demolished the theatre in 1995 to build a parking lot.
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