Parkaire Twin

Lower Roswell Road,
Marietta, GA 30068

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Located on Lower Roswell Road & Johnson Ferry Road. A very nice theater built by Loews and only operated about one week before Loews left the Atlanta market. Later operated by Georgia Theater Co. and may have even survived until the sale of Georgia Theater’s properties to United Artists. Demolished when Parkaire Mall was redeveloped. Spent most of its life as a discount house, a shame since it was such a nice operation that was never able to get going.

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StanMalone
StanMalone on January 14, 2008 at 6:13 am

Talked with a former Georgia Theatre Company co-worker the other day. He reminded me that the movie that did the most business at Parkaire was the Burt Reynolds effort, “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings”. Don’t know how I could have forgotten. Following that, Parkaire was part of the wide break first run release of “Trial of Billy Jack”. I remember playing that three hour sermon at South DeKalb. Fall of 1974 I believe. It opened wide so that the film maker could make their money before word got out about what a snoozer it was.

ToddEvans
ToddEvans on January 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm

My dad took me to see “Trial Of Billy Jack” at the Parkaire Twin in the fall of 1974. I was in the 5th grade, and I remember being upset by the shots of students being shot in the back repeatedly. My dad took me to many movies in Cobb County in the 1970’s (including “Star Wars” at the Franklin 3), but that was the only time I ever heard him say “I shouldn’t have taken you to see that.”

Speaking of bad movies, I also saw the wide break release of “It’s Alive” at the Parkaire Twin.

I remember feeling gyped as a child because whenever a “Sensurround” film played at the Parkaire Twin it was never in Sensurround.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 24, 2008 at 6:24 am

I went with my parents to see “Animal House” in 1978, when I was sixteen. They had a good time, I didn’t. I was cringing at some of the scenes knowing my mother was sitting next to me.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2008 at 6:27 am

I liked Animal House. Its too bad that John Belushi died so young.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Does anybody know the name of the architect or firm which designed the original Parkaire Mall?

rivest266
rivest266 on February 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

I posted the June 28th, 1974 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

Great stories, that Billy Jack flick was a dog, we got stuck with hundreds of Billy Jack Hats at the IMPERIAL in Augusta,bet this twin had the same problem….

jphill76
jphill76 on June 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Growing up in Indian Hills, this was the theater closest to me as a kid. I remember seeing “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”. This was also where I saw my first R-rated movie. It was the original “Friday the 13th”. I thought I was 13, but since it came out in May 1980, I must’ve been 12 instead. My friend and I were the ‘good kids’, so our moms had no problem letting us see our fill of gory/titillating horror movies of the early ‘80s. I specifically remember a triple feature of “Blood Beach”, “Humanoids from the Deep”, and a third movie I can’t remember…maybe “The Boogens” playing there one weekend. We were in heaven.

galateasca
galateasca on July 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I remember this theater mainly for the ice rink around it. At the time, that was a novelty. We attended one of our Cobb County friends ice skating/movie party there- and there was nothing else around Parkaire at all. It was a strange little mall, with low ceilings and I seem to remember having to walk up a lot of ramps to get out but that could be my imagination. I do remember the popcorn because there was no place to eat in the mall and we were starving.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I only remember one movie I saw at this theater in the 70’s and if you saw this movie you only wanted to see it one time and one time only——————-Deliverance.

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