Tara Theatre

126 S. Main Street,
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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Functions: Café

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This was the first Tara Theatre in the metropolitan Atlanta area. It opened prior to 1938, prior to the release of “Gone with the Wind” in 1939. It was closed in 1957.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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kencmcintyre on December 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm

The Tara was extensively remodeled and renovated in January 1938, so it must have been open for at least some time by that date.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm

The caption of a drawing on page 30 of the Arcadia Publishing Company’s book Jonesboro gives the address of the Tara Theatre as 126 S. Main Street. The building, the facade only slightly altered, is currently occupied by the My Place Coffee Cafe.

The caption of a photo of a theater ticket on page 135 says that the owner-operator of the house, Thomas Leon Burnham, installed the seating for 100 people himself. The caption also says that the Tara closed in 1957, and was the only movie theater ever operated in Jonesboro. The book doesn’t give the opening year, but it must have been after Ms. Mitchell’s popular novel, the source of the theater’s name, had been published in 1936.

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