Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Decatur Theatre circa 1968

This photo is circa 1968
The movie on marquee is :
"The Games Men Play"
and it was released in 1968

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Architect Depicts Decatur's Proposed Theatre

1940 Article

A preview of Decatur's proposed $30,000 (which ended up costing $75,000) theatre and store development on which work is expected to begin in two weeks, is seen in Architect Norman Stambaugh's drawing of a modern building to be erected on North McDonough Street by executors of the A.S. Turner estate. A 15-year lease on the theatre, calling for aggregate rental of $70,000.00 has been signed by Mion & Murray, operators of the Rialto and other Atlanta theatres. In addition to the moving picture house, the building will include a store unit on each side of the theatre entrance and offices on the second floor. The air-conditiond playhouse will have a seating capacity of 750. Wheat Williams of Williams & Bone, of Decatur, handled the transaction.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Decatur Theatre

© COLOR by Whitefield
1940 article

Desire To Beautify Decatur Caused Turners to Build Theatre.
Owners of Theatre,Two of Community's Most Progress Citizens, Cite Three Reasons

The building which houses Decatur's new $75,000.00 theatre is owned by two of the community's most progressive and influential citizens, Mell and Carlton Turner, the owners of trinity Chapel, and sons of the last Mr. A.S. Turner, and Mrs. Turner.
The owners gave three reasons for their decision to erect a theatre on the property:
1. Desire to improve the property to such an extent that it would greatly improve the appearance of the Decatur business section and stimulate others to modernize outmoded structures here. (This evidently has been accomplished since a number of other buildings have been improved or are now being improved since the work started.)
2. Belief in the future growth of Decatur.

3. Confidence in the ability of Mion and Murray to operate a high class theatre which will please Decatur people and stimulate good, clean entertainment for the city.

The Decatur Theatre in 1941

© COLOR by Whitefield

Sunday, August 17, 2008

"THE F.B.I. STORY" Now Playing at The Decatur Theatre

This picture is from the Decatur High School INDECATUR.
Showing at the theatre is :
with VERA MILES and

CIRCA 1959

Special thanks to PHIL WHITEFIELD
for letting me borrow his INDECATUR
Thank You Phil.
P.S Phil worked at the theatre at this time and he put up this

Comment from Phil:
Yes, I remember it well. The ladder we used was aluminum and would blow over easily when it was wendy. I caught myself several times by grabbing the hot neon light. "That was really smart"

Coming Soon "A Summer Place"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Too Hot To Handle at The Decatur Theatre


The Decatur Theatre on a Snowy Day in Jan. 1961

The Decatur Theatre
527 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA.

A Snowy Day in January 1961

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Decatur Theatre circa 1965

Marquee for Theatre Designed by Claude Neon

The beautiful marquee of The Decatur Theatre was designed and erected by the Claude Neon Atlanta Company. This very attractive and colorful front for the theatre adds not only to the appearance of the theatre itself but greatly to the looks of the entire McDonough Street area.

The Decatur Theatre in the art world.

The Program For Opening Night

The first movie to play at 'The Decatur' was "Rose Marie"

Decatur Theatre ad in the indecatur.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This is a 1940's article.

Turners Construct Modern Building For 'The Decatur'
John Thompson Manages Theatre for Mion and Murray, Operators of the Rialto.

The Decatur Theatre, Decatur, Georgia's new $75,000. theatre, modern in every detail and one of the finest entertainment houses in the metropolitan area, will have its official opening Tuesday night, it was announced this week by the management.
Opening of the new theatre is a much looked forward to event since no expense has been spared in the construction in order that it may provide the latest in construction and technical developments for the entertainment of Decatur and Dekalb County theatre goers.
Tuesday's offical opening will be in the form of a dedication program, starting at 8 o'clock, to which heads of local civic organizations, clubs and city and county officials will be invited.
Prior to the official opening, however, an afternoon performance will be shown, for which the box office will open at 2 o'clock.

Building Fireproof
Every precaution has been inaugurated to make the building thoroughly safe. Its construction is of fireproof material throuhg-out, and the projection room is equipped with a single entrance, protected by a heavy fire door, and automatic devices which close over slots in front of the room in case of fire.

Air Conditioned
The building is equipped with Carrier's refrigerated air conditioning which assures healthful and comfortable temperature the year round.
The 756 seats in the theatre in the theatre are of the latest and most scientific design for comfort built by American Seating Company. Alexander-Smith's famous deep pile Crestwood carpets will be used throughout.
The projection booth will have the very best in motion picture equipment, including Simplex projection machines, Magna Are lamps and Simplex sound built from the specifications of Western Electric. The Walkers Perfeccted White Screen, designed for restful enjoyment and perfect vision, will be used, and the stage itself is equipped to handle every type of stage show and presentation.

Built by Turners
The Decatur Theatre was built by Mell and Carlton Turner,two of Dekalb County's leading citizens,and will be operated by Mion & Murray,operators of the Rialto Theatre in Atlanta. This in itself gives assurance to the people of Decatur and Dekalb County that they will have a clean and well managed theatre with the very finest motion pictures available. Lessees of the theatre told The New Era this week they feel fortunate in having secured the services of John Thompson as manager. He has been a resident of Decatur for a number of years and has many friends here.

The Decatur Theatre opened Sept. 10th 1940

Original Owners of Theatre Building

Mell Turner (left) and Carlton Turner, two of Decatur's leading citizens, who are the owners of the building to be occupied by the New Decatur Theatre.

Photo courtesy Norton Studio