Greens Corner Theatre
4975 Jimmy Carter Boulevard,
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Built by Georgia Theatre Company in the new Greens Corner Shopping Center at the intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Rockbridge Road. It opened in July 24, 1981 and among the opening features were “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Eye of the Needle”, “Victory”, and a couple of others I can not remember. This was the first modern nultiplex built in Gwinnett County and although it was just barely inside the county line it did great business from the start.
1982 and 1983 were its biggest years, but in 1984 AMC opened the Northlake Festival 8 which produced a noticable drop off in business, and that fall both Plitt and GCC opened six-plexs around the Gwinnett Place Mall which was located a couple of exits up I-85. This location would still do big business with hits like “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Crocodile Dundee”, and “Back To The Future”, but the days when all five screens would sell out at once were over.
The beginning of the end came in 1987 with the sale to United Artists Theatres. UA was hardly interested in anything this small and it was always a throwaway house to them as they were more interested in their own 12 plex at the mall. They closed it in 2000 during the big wave of theatre consolidation, bankruptcies, and closings.
The Bollywood people soon took possession and moved their operation from the old Stonemont on Memorial Drive to here. They lasted here about five years before moving on to a theatre in Roswell. The place sat empty for a while before an outfit called Galaxy Funplex reopened it. That effort never got off the ground before it was closed again and for good, at least so far.
The last time I was by here, the entire shopping center except for the theatre wing had been demolished and a Super Wal-Mart now occupies that spot. Very few stores in the theatre wing are open. The theatre has never been used for anything else, and looking into the lobby and box office give one the impression of watching one of those post nuclear apocolypse movies.
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