Emory Theatre

1439 Oxford Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307

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Previously operated by: Storey Theatres Inc.

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Emory Theater

Opened in 1938 with 600 seats, it was part of the Storey Theatre chain. The Emory Theatre would no doubt still be reeling foreign and non-mainstream fair today if it hadn’t been for a fire in January 1979 that completely consumed the theatre.

From what I can recall, the original North Dekalb Mall Theatre (circa 1966-1977?) was built along the lines almost identical to the Emory Theatre.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

Recent comments (view all 45 comments)

WHITEFIELD on July 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm

William, those are some good memories you have, I grew up in Decatur but we always went to the Decatur Theatre, I was there all the time in the 60’s, Saturdays were always fun. My brother worked at the concession stand so when ever I would go to the snack bar he would give me the box of popcorn that had the free pass to the theatre,
I worked there but I just handed out flyers of the movie playing or the ones coming soon.
If you like Decatur, I have a blog I run called Next Stop…Decatur
here is the link, feel free to share any memories you have.

StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up on the feature opening that day:

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WHITEFIELD on November 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Here is a 1948 theatre ad.
Notice it says Decatur Rd.
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Great Story on Another Great GEORGIA theatre!Thanks for all the pictures and personal stories!

rechols on November 14, 2010 at 2:41 am

I worked concession at the Emory starting in the early winter of ‘63, when I
was a junior at Bass High School in Little Five Points.
On November 22, 1963 I was off, but my friend Steve was working that evening.
And of course we all remember what had happened on that date.
Some time during the course of the evening, John King, then the manager, ordered
Steve to remove the marquee billing and replace it with the message “Respects to JFK."
Fred Storey, owner of the Storey Theaters chain came by and had the marquee changed
back, pronto. Steve was pissed – changing that marquee was a lot of work, especially for
sixty cents an hour.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

When John Wayne passed away i did basically the same thing,but did leave the Current Movie Title up.

JFB on January 29, 2019 at 10:39 am

I believe this theater actually lasted into 1979. It had become a dollar house. The last movie that played here was Animal House. My brother and cousin saw it there the Saturday before it burned. This was the first weekend of 1979. The next day, a fire started in a restaurant in the section it was in and burned everything in that part all the way to Everybodies pizza.

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