The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

10 Historic Movie Theaters in Georgia

Catch a movie at one of these beloved landmarks for a truly entertaining experience.

When you step into a historic movie house, you get to escape to another time and place — first through the elaborately detailed interior and then again through the story in the featured film. The grand environment adds a richness to the movie-watching experience that you just can't get in a modern multiplex. Treat yourself and your family to a night at the movies at one of Georgia's treasured historic movie theaters.

Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Fox Theatre, Atlanta

Built in 1920s as a Shriner Mosque, the Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta is designed with domes, minarets and an Arabian sky complete with stars. This National Historic Landmark hosts the annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival.

Zebulon Theater in Cairo, Georgia

Zebulon Theater, Cairo

Built in 1935, The Zebulon Theater in Cairo is an Art Deco-style, old-time theater operated by the Regional Community Center to bring culture and film into the community. The 650-seat theatre shows current family-friendly movies; all tickets are $5.

GEM Theatre in Calhoun, Georgia

GEM Theatre

The historic GEM Theatre, when renovated in 2012, received an award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for its rehabilitation. Calhoun's GEM Theatre features the best of both the past and present, as its appearance takes you back to 1939, and its amenities provide a state-of-the-art theatre experience. The original GEM is best remembered as a movie theatre, but the renovated 461-seat GEM showcases a variety of entertainment.

West Theatre in Cedartown, Georgia

West Theatre, Cedartown

The West Theatre opened in Cedartown in August 1941 by LAM Amusement Co. Considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco style in northwest Georgia, the historic building features hanging chandeliers in the lobby; movie cards from the 1950s and 1960s adorn the walls. The twin screen movie theatre shows current and classic films.

Historic Strand Dinner Cinema, Jesup

Enjoy dinner and a movie in a 1920s Art Deco cinema in Jesup. Every seat in all theaters is an electric leather recliner with a personal table, and spacing between the aisles is an amazing 7 feet.

Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia

Springer Opera House, Columbus

The Springer Opera House opened Feb. 21, 1871, and soon became nationally known as the finest theatre between New York and New Orleans. Now, the Springer is the official State Theatre of Georgia and a leading Southern cultural institution for more than 144 years. The Columbus theatre is now host to the Way Down Film Festival each October, voted one of the Top 100 Film Festivals in the World by FilmFreeway.

Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta

Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta

This Art Deco theatre served as a movie house on the Marietta Square from 1935-76. Recently restored and returned to its original glory, it now hosts classic films, concerts and stage productions. From musicals to classic films to children's films to concerts and educational opportunities, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre is truly a cultural center of Cobb County. The 4th Floor Terrace is home to "Brew with a View."

DeSoto Theatre in Rome, Georgia

DeSoto Theatre, Rome

A downtown landmark for more than 80 years, the DeSoto was the first theatre in the Southeast to display sound movies. Today, the historic theatre in Rome offers a variety of concerts, performances and special movie showings. The theatre also hosts the annual Rome International Film Festival.

Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center in Toccoa

Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, Toccoa

The Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center is a refurbished 1939 art deco theater in historic downtown Toccoa. The Ritz hosts various yearly performances, including fashion shows, movie screenings, theatrical performances, concerts, award shows, and more.

Tybee Post Theater, Tybee Island

The historic Tybee Post Theater, set in the heart of Tybee Island's Fort Screven Historic District, was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for the soldiers stationed at the Army base. After going dark in the mid-1960s, the curtain was raised in September 2015, reborn as a performing arts and movie venue.

Published: October 2017