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Plaza Theater, Atlanta, Georgiaby Wendy Darling
Instagram I called “Waiting for the magic to start.” I love going to movies at the Plaza. Almost all of what I go see is old movies, from silent movies to cult to 1980s. In the past year, I’ve seen: Phantom of the Opera, White Zombie, M, Barbarella, Stand by Me, Ghostbusters, The Pit and the Pendulum, Flesh Gordon and a few more.

Plaza Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
by Wendy Darling

Instagram I called “Waiting for the magic to start.” I love going to movies at the Plaza. Almost all of what I go see is old movies, from silent movies to cult to 1980s. In the past year, I’ve seen: Phantom of the Opera, White Zombie, M, Barbarella, Stand by Me, Ghostbusters, The Pit and the Pendulum, Flesh Gordon and a few more.

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Interior Plaza Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
by Wendy Darling

A few snapshots of the recent renovations. Among things that have been replaced or upgraded: carpet, paint on walls, massive curtains inside the main theater, seats in the main theater, projector (and new digital projector put in as well), sound system. And more things too, but those are the main. They are nearing up on completion.

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Majestic Diner, Atlanta, Georgiaby Brett Kiger
The Majestic, located in Briarcliff Plaza. From their “Since 1929” sign (not shown), people often think the Plaza itself is from that year but it’s from 1939; the diner must have moved from nearby. Anyway, Streamline Deco shopping plaza with a diner with neon to spare.

Majestic Diner, Atlanta, Georgia
by Brett Kiger

The Majestic, located in Briarcliff Plaza. From their “Since 1929” sign (not shown), people often think the Plaza itself is from that year but it’s from 1939; the diner must have moved from nearby. Anyway, Streamline Deco shopping plaza with a diner with neon to spare.

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I’d like to interrupt the diner posts for just a second to report some news concerning an Art Deco landmark here in Atlanta, the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
A vintage 1930s theater with two screens, the Plaza has managed to survive as an independent theater in a very tough market. The Plaza hosts several film festivals, regular special events (like Splatter Cinema), and shows/performs Rocky Horror every Friday at midnight. They also show all kinds of independent films and vintage films, whether it’s “Phantom of the Opera” (Lon Chaney) or “Stand by Me” or stuff that just won’t play in multiplexes. Anyway, there’s big news and for that, see below.
Here’s an update from the theater’s owners:

Starting December 27th the Plaza Theatre will be operating under new ownership. Michael Furlinger has had his eye on the Plaza for many years in the hopes of one day owning and operating it. Having spoken with him a few times over the last 6 years we have decided it will be best for the Plaza’s survival to pass the torch to him.
He has 30 years experience in the cinema business and has worked as an owner/operator as well as a film booker. He took his last theatre, the Terrace Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina from a struggling enterprise to a huge success with deep ties to the community. Furlinger’s plan for the Plaza Theatre is to use his expertise in film booking and close relationships with the studios to strengthen the feature programming while continuing the current popular special events such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Silver Scream Spookshow, Splatter Cinema, Taboo La-La, The Room, and Wonderroot’s Local Film Night. 
The Plaza Theatre will also remain home to the revered Atlanta Film Festival, continuing their programming and workshops throughout the year. Furlinger has big plans for substantial renovations including new state of the art DCP digital projectors, brand new seats, and gourmet concessions. 35mm film is quickly being phased out and very soon the only way to show a movie in the theatre will be DCP so we are excited he is willing to make these investments to help the Plaza Theatre secure a place in the future of Atlanta. As far as the Plaza Theatre Foundation is concerned, we are currently working with the Atlanta FIlm Festival and Michael about how that will still be able to contribute, but for now your memberships and passes will continue to be honored under the new ownership. Those of you who purchased stars for our Star Wall, I will be taking those stars and mounting them to plaques to give to each of you.  The few of you who made donations to our buy a seat campaign, I can return your donation. Thank you all so much for your support! It has been our honor to be a part of the Plaza’s history and we hope you feel the same way. We’ve accomplished what we originally set out to do which was to save the Plaza from becoming a drug store or something else and we couldn’t have done it with out you all.   We wish Michael the best of luck and we hope you all will continue to be supporters of the Plaza. We can’t wait to see Atlanta’s oldest cinema not just survive, but thrive! Jonathan & Gayle

As a member of the theater — which operates as a non-profit — I wish the theater all the best in the hands of the new ownership. I think there is so much further potential and of course I would love to see the interior further restored. There’s a lot of Deco left inside, but definitely TLC is needed.
Wendy

I’d like to interrupt the diner posts for just a second to report some news concerning an Art Deco landmark here in Atlanta, the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

A vintage 1930s theater with two screens, the Plaza has managed to survive as an independent theater in a very tough market. The Plaza hosts several film festivals, regular special events (like Splatter Cinema), and shows/performs Rocky Horror every Friday at midnight. They also show all kinds of independent films and vintage films, whether it’s “Phantom of the Opera” (Lon Chaney) or “Stand by Me” or stuff that just won’t play in multiplexes. Anyway, there’s big news and for that, see below.

Here’s an update from the theater’s owners:

Starting December 27th the Plaza Theatre will be operating under new ownership. Michael Furlinger has had his eye on the Plaza for many years in the hopes of one day owning and operating it. Having spoken with him a few times over the last 6 years we have decided it will be best for the Plaza’s survival to pass the torch to him.

He has 30 years experience in the cinema business and has worked as an owner/operator as well as a film booker. He took his last theatre, the Terrace Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina from a struggling enterprise to a huge success with deep ties to the community. Furlinger’s plan for the Plaza Theatre is to use his expertise in film booking and close relationships with the studios to strengthen the feature programming while continuing the current popular special events such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Silver Scream Spookshow, Splatter Cinema, Taboo La-La, The Room, and Wonderroot’s Local Film Night. 

The Plaza Theatre will also remain home to the revered Atlanta Film Festival, continuing their programming and workshops throughout the year. Furlinger has big plans for substantial renovations including new state of the art DCP digital projectors, brand new seats, and gourmet concessions. 35mm film is quickly being phased out and very soon the only way to show a movie in the theatre will be DCP so we are excited he is willing to make these investments to help the Plaza Theatre secure a place in the future of Atlanta.

As far as the Plaza Theatre Foundation is concerned, we are currently working with the Atlanta FIlm Festival and Michael about how that will still be able to contribute, but for now your memberships and passes will continue to be honored under the new ownership. Those of you who purchased stars for our Star Wall, I will be taking those stars and mounting them to plaques to give to each of you.  The few of you who made donations to our buy a seat campaign, I can return your donation.

Thank you all so much for your support! It has been our honor to be a part of the Plaza’s history and we hope you feel the same way. We’ve accomplished what we originally set out to do which was to save the Plaza from becoming a drug store or something else and we couldn’t have done it with out you all.   We wish Michael the best of luck and we hope you all will continue to be supporters of the Plaza. We can’t wait to see Atlanta’s oldest cinema not just survive, but thrive!

Jonathan & Gayle

As a member of the theater — which operates as a non-profit — I wish the theater all the best in the hands of the new ownership. I think there is so much further potential and of course I would love to see the interior further restored. There’s a lot of Deco left inside, but definitely TLC is needed.

Wendy

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After an extended period of posting everything Atlanta, aside from a few more Fox pictures, we’ll be moving on. Hope you don’t hate me for indulging but after spending so long posting shots of everywhere else (Shanghai, Sydney, NYC, etc.) thought it was time I seriously show off Atlanta.
Anyway, in almost-closing, here’s a shot of the Plaza Theatre, which I visited this afternoon for a showing of Yellow Submarine. The Plaza is Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating theater and is located in Briarcliff Plaza, which dates to the late 30s. The interior is a bit shabby but it is, yes, Deco (and always being improved) and they show all kinds of fab movies. In fact the theater is now a non-profit and you can become a “member” to support them, which I did this afternoon. Looking forward to catching some of the indie films, revivals, horror movies, midnight movies that run there. 
Wendy

After an extended period of posting everything Atlanta, aside from a few more Fox pictures, we’ll be moving on. Hope you don’t hate me for indulging but after spending so long posting shots of everywhere else (Shanghai, Sydney, NYC, etc.) thought it was time I seriously show off Atlanta.

Anyway, in almost-closing, here’s a shot of the Plaza Theatre, which I visited this afternoon for a showing of Yellow Submarine. The Plaza is Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating theater and is located in Briarcliff Plaza, which dates to the late 30s. The interior is a bit shabby but it is, yes, Deco (and always being improved) and they show all kinds of fab movies. In fact the theater is now a non-profit and you can become a “member” to support them, which I did this afternoon. Looking forward to catching some of the indie films, revivals, horror movies, midnight movies that run there. 

Wendy

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