Lefont Toco Hills Theater

3003 North Druid Hills Road,
Atlanta, GA 30329

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Lefont Toco Hills Theater

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Opened in 1964, this theater was almost a secret to those who knew it. Hidden in a small strip mall, it boasted one of the largest screens and seating areas in Atlanta. I think only the Fox challenged it in size while it was open.

It closed in 2000, after years of lack-luster attendance.

It was part of the Lefont chain of theaters, named after George Lefont, who often brought foreign-language and award-winning Cannes films to the city.

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WHITEFIELD on October 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

Here is a photo of The Toco Hills Theatre
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Daryl on March 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

I remember seeing “Von Ryan’s Express” with Frank Sinatra there back in the summer of 1965.

VincentPrice on June 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I saw my first R-rated movie here: “10”.
My brother got fired from here in the 80’s (pre-Lefont) for giving a homeless guy some popcorn.

The Toco Hills shopping center surrounding this theater is doing very well and will not go away anytime soon. I peek in there from time to time and it has never been rented since closing. Last I saw, they had gutted the inside.

TLSLOEWS on June 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Thats too bad looked like a neat theatre.

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Mike Rogers on June 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

That’s a crying shame someone would fire your brother for such a kind act .When I worked at Pizza Hut we had about the poorest family in town live down a dirt road behind the Hut.We would find them eating out of the dumpest.We would make them a large Cheese pizza every once awhile and they would pick it up. they were always wanting to pick up trash in the parking lot just so they weren’t getting charity. To fire a kid for giving away a bit of popcorn that doesn’t cost hardly anything to make,well there is a special place in hell for that theatre manager!And I use to be a theatre manager! But i was a pretty nice guy.

joshmassey on July 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

Sadly, it looks like the Toco Hills theater is turning into a bagel shop. I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, and the construction guys were hard at work. I didn’t go in, so I’m not sure the extent they’re renovating the actual theater (the lobby was being gutted, though).

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Daryl on July 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

I remember seeing “Von Ryan’s Express” with Frank Sinatra there back in the summer of 1965.
posted by Daryl-Atlanta on Mar 3, 2010 at 9:18am

My mistake…I saw this film at the Cherokee Plaza Theater in Brookhaven.

Barb1957 on August 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I went here many times with my girlfriends when I was 12 and under. Our moms would drop us off, and pick us up after the movie. It was $.50 to get in. And next door was a Planters Peanut shop on one side, and a Dipper Dan ice cream shop on the other side. Many good memories at this theatre.

galateasca on September 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

Went there many times. It was a lovely theater. The last thing I remember seeing there was in the early-mid 90’s, but I’m not sure which film it was. I went a lot as a child, because I took dance lessons at the studio there and we’d sometimes go to the theater after dance class. I hated dance class, so this was my bribe.

GoodEagle on April 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

As best as I recall, this theater had the advantage, at least for the customer, that there was plenty of room between each row of seats. The customer had no trouble walking down the row in front of other customers already seated to get to an empty seat. In my childhood, my friends and I saw many Saturday matinees there including probably every James Bond movie that came out during that period and we saw that classic Christmas movie, seen by all, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) (currently available for viewing on YouTube). For some reason my friends frequently wanted to sit on the front row.

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