Belvedere Theatre

1346 Columbia Drive,
Decatur, GA 30032

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Previously operated by: Eastern Federal Corporation

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Belvedere Theatre

Long before ending its days as a porn house, this theatre was a very family friendly movie house which opened on September 17, 1964 with Andy Williams in “I’d Rather be Rich”. It was twinned in the 1970’s and was later taken over by Eastern Federal Corporation. In 1986 it was taken over by the Chappell Cinemas chain.

The Belvedere Theatre is literally across the street and up the hill from the Cinema 16. The Belvedere Theatre was closed in Spring of 2009.

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SuperBlackbird13 on June 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I seem to remember seeing E.T. and the Evil Dead there in 1982. Anyone remember seeing those, or am I thinking of the wrong place?
I definitely remember my Dad buying the Evil Dead tickets for me and my brother because we were too young. That movie, silly at it was, scared the hell out of us.

Handy on June 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I’m afraid this theater may have burned down today:

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The article doesn’t specifically mention the theater, but then again, as J.B. above has shown, the theater didn’t even have a sign any more.

If it’s gone, what a shame…but then again, maybe good riddance and start fresh, considering the history.

It’s pretty crazy that J.B. just posted today saying “Here is how the Belvedere looks now” about 5 minutes after the call came in to the fire department (according to the article).

I’m not saying, but I’m saying!

JFBrantley on June 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

I took the picture on Easter Sunday and have just figured out how to load it on my computer and post it.

JFBrantley on July 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Here is the damage to the strip center. The theater did not burn down but probably sustained smoke and water damage.

bk31 on September 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

We sometimes work for the landlord and we’ve heard from him that the theater hasn’t received much, if any, damage as a direct result of the fire. It sounds like everything to the left of the burnt out space suffered most of the smoke damage. I guess there’s an ongoing arson investigation, and until that’s resolved no work can be done to clear the site or repair the adjacent buildings which could be trouble.

rivest266 on April 6, 2018 at 7:31 pm

This opened in 1964. No ad found.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 14, 2022 at 7:54 am

Currently the location of a boarded up strip mall. I assume the original theater was demolished.

bk31 on September 14, 2022 at 9:12 am

The building is still there back behind the Autozone and former A&P at the back of the strip center. The burnt out space is the portion demolished in the middle of the strip. The taller boxes out back were the old theaters. There’s a private strip club in the ‘boarded up’ spaces to the right of the theater. Not sure if they took over the theater too or not.

50sSNIPES on November 28, 2023 at 2:22 pm

The Belvedere Theatre opened its doors on September 17, 1964 with Andy Williams in “I’d Rather Be Rich”.

Twinned in the 1970s, the Eastern Federal Corporation chain operated the Belvedere Theatre throughout much of the late-1970s and into the first half of the 1980s. This lasted until 1986 when it became part of the Chappell Cinemas chain, and would eventually become a $1 discount house. Also, during its Eastern Federal run, its policy switched from first-run to second-run in the early-1980s.

The Belvedere closed as a second-run discount house on August 21, 1988 with “Red Heat” at Screen 1 and “Bad Dreams” at Screen 2.

Once abandoned for a couple of years, the Belvedere then reopened its doors in 1990 as an adult house, and lasted until its closure in the Spring of 2009.

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