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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Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 10, 2009 at 12:02 am

Some of my happiest childhood experiences was going to the TOCO HILLS movie theater. It was one LARGE theater in those days. A big wide lobby with a wonderful concession stand and lots of NEXT ATTRACTION and COMING SOON half sheet posters in the lobby.

Among the memorable films I saw there were:

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
PETER PAN
THE PARENT TRAP
SWEET CHARITY
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
PEOPLETOYS (Later retitled DEVIL TIMES FIVE)
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
THE EXORCIST

and many others. Sad when I returned to Atlanta to see it closed. Someone once said that “growing up in Atlanta is like watching your past being hauled away in a dump truck”. None of the theaters I loved are there anymore. They’re all torn down.
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joshmassey
joshmassey on July 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

The shopping center has definitely not been demolished – it’s still thriving. From the outside, the theater remains unchanged. Not sure about inside.

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on October 12, 2009 at 7:06 am

Here is a photo of The Toco Hills Theatre
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Daryl
Daryl on March 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

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

VincentPrice
VincentPrice on June 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

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
TLSLOEWS on June 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thats too bad looked like a neat theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 18, 2010 at 12:57 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
joshmassey on July 24, 2010 at 8:23 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
Daryl on July 24, 2010 at 8:35 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
Barb1957 on August 10, 2011 at 4:46 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.

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