Jonesboro Twin Theatre

7716 N. Main Street,
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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Jonesboro Twin Theatre

The Jonesboro Theatre was a small twin cinema on Main Street just off Tara Boulevard which opened on September 14, 1973 with Johnny Whittaker in “Tom Sawyer” & Richard Benjamin in “The Last of Sheila”. It was almost always a second run house. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s it was an okay place to catch a second run at a price that was cheaper than Arrowhead.

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JFBrantley on May 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Sorry to burst you bubble, Chuck, but your picture is of a theater in Jonesboro Arkansas. The above theater is in Jonesboro Georgia and did not look like the above picture. Good try anyway.

JFBrantley on July 1, 2010 at 8:21 am

Here is the Jonesboro Twin today. It seems ironic that a club would occupy the old theater when everything else in the stip center is now a church.

jeterga on February 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

Here is the address 7716 North Main St Jonesboro Ga 30236.

alienchow on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Ha! I saw Bloodsucking Freaks there. Must have been 13 or 14.

rivest266 on April 11, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Closed in 1983. It was owned by Ideal Family Theatres from 1979 until it closed.

Furnace_41 on April 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm

I’m one of the new owners of this building. Does anyone have any old pictures of this theater when it was open? We have completely renovated the place and I would like to show off a little of its heritage.

OKCdoorman on September 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm

The highway sign for this theater is visible during an establishing long-shot for Sheriff Justice’s (Jackie Gleason) “F.O.” speech to an Alabama state trooper (Quinnon Sheffield) in 1977’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT.

StanMalone on October 16, 2023 at 8:22 am

The theater opened on Friday, September 14, 1973. The opening features were Tom Sawyer and The Last of Shelia, two moderately successful movies from June. This was the pattern for this location as it generally booked whatever second run features were available fresh from their first run or intermediate engagements. This was not a bad way to make a living with a small, low overhead place in those days. It was still a time of exclusive runs which meant the first run movies opened either downtown, or more commonly by then in the first run theaters on the north side.

The closest intermediate run houses like South DeKalb, Greenbriar, Westgate, and Ben Hill were were far enough away that there was still some life left in a movie even after those theaters finished their runs. This started to change in 1975 when Arrowhead opened as a first run theater which meant that its big bookings like Godfather Part 2 and Jaws were pretty much played out by the time they would have been available to this little place. There were still good bookings available as Arrowhead could not play everything but the choices were diminishing and more theaters and wider release patterns were soon on the way.

Opening day ad in the photo section.

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