10th Street Art Theatre

1026 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30309

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10th Street Art Theatre

Originally opened on September 29, 1967 with Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona”. It was an art-house cinema with seating for around 300. It later went over to screening adult porn movies and was renowned for presenting the cinematography of the great 20th century naturalist, Russ Meyer. The 10th Street Art Theatre closed in 1971.

Not to be confused with the 10th Street Theatre which opened around 1926 at 990 Peachtree Street NE.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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JackCoursey on July 28, 2005 at 7:49 pm

Since I am no longer a resident of the Atlanta, yea even the state of Georgia, a drop in to the main library would necessitate a bit of a journey for me.
Do have some information on the Glenn, which I am in the process of posting. Haven’t had any luck on the Atlantic either, but am still checking it out.

Don K.
Don K. on July 29, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Yes, I know what you mean. Time and distance limits opportunities to explore interests like this for me as well. Although I was born in Atlanta and grew up there, I haven’t actually lived there for many years. In fact, I’ve only been there a few times in the last ten years. Whenever I do get there, I try to visit the main library and do some research. The city has changed very dramatically since I lived there.

From what I can gather from this site, I may be one of the few people who actually remembers attending some of Atlanta’s long gone neighborhood theaters, like the original Tenth Street, Ponce de Leon, Techwood, and Kirkwood. These days, I find myself impressed by how many of the old theater buildings still survive, like the Euclid, Hilan, Glen, Gordon, Little Five Points, Madison, and the Temple, not to mention the fact that the Plaza and Garden Hills are still operating as movie houses!

Of course, I keep hoping that someone who knows more about the Atlanta area movie theaters from before my time will comment on them.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 15, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Hey folks… Was wondering if anyone would be able to confirm if this theater – depicted in a screen-shot from the documentary “Inside Deep Throat” – is the 10th Street Art Theatre? It sure looks like the marquee indicates a very similar name – I just can’t make-out that first word as “10th” or “Tenth”… but the rest of it definitely reads “St Art Theatre.”


JackCoursey on September 16, 2007 at 9:14 am

The cinema in this photo was not the 10th Street Art, but rather a strictly porno venue set up in what was previously a storefront retail space.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

In the photo posted above by Ed Solero, the building next door has a sign ‘Gay Paree’. In my edition of Bob Damron’s Address Book;1977 edition, there is a gay pornographic cinema called the Gay Paree Cinema, 90 Walton Street, NW, Atlanta, GA listed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 16, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, Ken. I’ve been trying to figure out what the darkened part of the marquee reads – as it really did not appear to be “Tenth St.” I thought perhaps “Wilson St,” but I know believe that “Walton St” fits perfectly. Do any of your theater resources list a “Walton Street Art Theatre” amongst their numbers? I think we have the makings of a new listing here.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 17, 2007 at 3:29 am

Ed Solero;I can’t find any other reference to a theatre located on Walton Street. However I have added the Gay Paree Cinema to this site and also added a seperate listing for the original 10th Street Theatre.

JBrantley on October 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Here is an Atlanta Time Machine picture of the area of the 10th Street Art


rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm

This opened on September 29th, 1967. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2018 at 1:11 am

The brief article about the 10th Street Art Theatre that ran in Boxoffice of October 9, 1967, said that the house was Atlanta’s first all night theater, though since the article also said it closed at 4:00 AM, they were stretching the phrase “all night” just a bit.

If the article was correct I find it a bit surprising that a city the size of Atlanta didn’t already have at least one all night grind house in operation. Where did Atlanta’s winos sleep off their half gallons of cheap muscatel?

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