West End Theatre

595 Lee Street SW,
Atlanta, GA 30310

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The West End Theatre was opened November 23, 1925 with Mary Pickford in “Little Annie Rooney”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 4 rank theatre organ.

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Don K.
Don K. on May 25, 2005 at 4:15 pm

No, you are incorrect about the name and address of this theater. You are referring to the Gordon Theatre (original address 960 Gordon Street, SW), which is now the Shrine of the Black Madonna on Ralph Abernathy Boulevard. This theater is located a few doors away from the Wren’s Nest, the home of Joel Chandler Harris (author of the Uncle Remus stories), which is maintained as a tourist attraction.

However, you are absolutely correct in saying that the Gordon Theatre was an outstanding neighborhood theater. It would get my vote as the best of the second run houses in the Atlanta area in its day. They really don’t build them like this any more.

The West End Theatre was at 595 Lee Street, SW. If you know West End, then you probably realize that Lee Street intersects Gordon Street, near the train trestle. The West End Theatre on Lee Street and the Gordon Theatre on Gordon Street were about a quarter of a mile apartment. When I first encountered the old West End Theatre, it had ceased to operate as a movie theater. It was being used as the location of Cantrell’s bookstore. The West End Theatre was one of a number of Atlanta area movie theaters that went out of business in the early to mid 1950’s. The West End Theatre was torn down in the 1960’s, as I recall.

In the same general vicinity, about half a mile outside the main business district of West End, was the Cascade Theatre at 1340 Gordon Street, SW (near the juncture of Cascade Road). Apparently, it was torn down years ago.

1234 on June 26, 2007 at 4:29 pm

The West End Theatre was built by Alpha Fowler and located on Lee Street next to the Masonic Hall. The theatre was in a somewhat Spanish design. The West End opened on November 23, 1925 with the film “Little Annie Rooney” starring Mary Pickford. The theatre also had a 2 manual 4 rank Robert Morton Theatre organ.

morshayshymas on November 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

It was The Gordon Theater on Lee street in West End Atlanta. MYelf and all of my Friends went there a lot when we were teenagers and that would have been around 1964 or 1965. We saw “A Hard Day’s Night” there, Starring The Beatles !!!! It was a Very Good place to go back then but bad area now.

morshayshymas on November 24, 2011 at 12:41 am

oh and there was a Sears and Roebuck across the street and down the road a little and a Woolworth’s on down the road. A Krispy Kreme Donut was on down the road also. My Mother Shopped at Sears and Roebuck weekly.

morshayshymas on November 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

I’m sorry The Gordon Theater was on Gordon Road, I had everything right except Gordon Road. Lee Street was on down the Road. Oh and the Beautiful Wren’s Nest and all the Wonderful Memories of going there 4 different times. Lovely Home, I hope that it has remained the same.

Chris1982 on May 29, 2014 at 12:51 am

Listed as open as early as 1928.

rivest266 on April 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm

This opened on November 23rd, 1925. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on January 17, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Address was 595 Lee Street SW as mentioned above. Building is confirmed demolished. Circa 1962 photo of the West End Theatre as Cantrell’s Book & Oddities added courtesy Rachman Cantrell. Via below article.


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