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Where to watch a movie in Atlanta

Explore movie theaters for every film lover with everything from Oscar winners to cult classics on the big screen.

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With its booming film industry, Atlanta’s a city that takes its movie watching (and producing) seriously. If you’re looking for that vintage feeling of seeing films shot in 35mm, or the romance of a local drive-in, ATL’s got it. Skip the mega multiplexes, and hunker down in one of these more intimate theater settings.

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Georgia State University's student-run theater offers cheap tickets and an experimental spirit near the heart of Downtown. | more...

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In the late ’70s, Atlanta almost allowed a telephone company to demolish one of the city's architectural gems. Everybody thinks Gone with the Wind premiered here, but that happened at the Loew's Grand down the street, which did get torn down. A 60-minute guided tour is available. The Fox Theatre hos... | more...

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The beloved, long-running cinema in Poncey-Highland continues to screen movies and host film festivals. First opened in 1939, the Plaza Theatre has undergone a series of renovations in recent years. | more...

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Big multiplexes can get crowded, leaving us longing for that intimate feeling of witnessing movie magic without distractions. UA Tara 4 Theatre is owned by a large chain (Regal Entertainment Group), but known for its independent spirit. If you're looking to find that flick that made some buzz at Sun... | more...

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Open since 1949, Starlight Drive-In nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you’re with, what snacks you’re eating, or whether you’re watching X-Men or Grindhouse. The outdoor theater switched over to digital in 2013. It also plays host to swap meets on weekends, 7 a.m.... | more...

 



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