Tara Theatre

2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324

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thegiantrat on June 15, 2023 at 12:05 am

They are showing Oppenheimer in 70mm in Theatre 4. Not sure if it is there to stay or just for the run of Oppenheimer.

JackCoursey on June 1, 2023 at 7:26 pm

Has there been any word if the 70mm projector is being re-installed and if so, in which auditorium?

JackCoursey on April 1, 2023 at 11:56 am

A website has been set up to help with both the lease and restoration of the Tara Theatre: https://taraatlanta.com/home

JackCoursey on March 9, 2023 at 6:29 pm

Still push to restore the original auditorium and equip it with 70mm projection. That will make even Jurassic Park, ver 962 look great.

Rstewart on March 9, 2023 at 9:17 am

That is wonderful news, I hope that they were able to secure a long term lease. Fitting that it is again linked to the Plaza again.

jumboloan on March 8, 2023 at 3:03 pm

I get your sentiment but it should stay chopped up and play Jurassic Park 8 so that it can stay afloat with art movies too. There are lots of families in the area and it would be nice to avoid Phipps congestion to take the family out on movie night. I think the best marketing would be a mix. And better have a coffee bar for the youngsters.

JackCoursey on March 8, 2023 at 2:53 pm

Am hoping for the best. It would be great if the original auditorium could be restored to a single screen, but for now, am glad that it will once again be operational. The onus is now on the fine arts community to keep it running and making it the premier venue for art, classic and foregin film.

thegiantrat on March 7, 2023 at 9:58 pm

Historic Tara theater set to reopen this spring


Mikeoaklandpark on November 14, 2022 at 11:05 am

Would be nice if Look Cinema took this over

Mikeoaklandpark on November 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm

Update status to closed UGH

Rstewart on November 10, 2022 at 2:47 pm

A real shame and I am sad to hear this news even though I am nearly 20 years removed from Atlanta. I visited it in all of its configurations over the years and while it is no longer the showplace it was as a single, it was always a good place to see a show. I think we all have been expecting this for quite a number of years considering the economics of the business and the limitations of 4 screens in today’s business. While we’d all like to see a younger version of Lefont to come to the rescue, my guess is Halpern has a demo crew waiting to redevelop that corner at this very moment. I’d guess this is going to go a lot like the old Sears in Buckhead.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 10, 2022 at 1:40 pm

How sad. This is an awesome theater

JackCoursey on November 10, 2022 at 11:34 am

This is the second, and apparently final, writing of an obituary for the Tara. It’s architecture is a prime example of the style which was typical of the last iteration of the classic single screen cinemas. Not as ornate as their predecessors but dynamic in their own special way. The closing of the Tara is the fault of egregious government policy and the subsequent reluctance of patrons of art films to support independant and specialty theatres willing to present them. I was faintly hopeful that since Georgia has such a grand presence in the motion picture industry that someone in the field would consider restoring the main auditorium to it’s original single-screen configuration and then using it as a venue for premiering films shot in the state. Art/independent/specialty films are not meant for streaming but rather for presentation in group environment, one which fosters discussion in the venue’s lobby. This is an aminity not available in the mega multiplex cinemas. RIP Tara and the independent art houses.

Matt Ceccato
Matt Ceccato on November 10, 2022 at 8:49 am

The Tara is closing as of tonight, November 10, 2022.


Nick Brobeck
Nick Brobeck on May 10, 2021 at 7:34 pm

According to Regal’s website, the Tara is reopening on May 21, 2021. I personally am glad, I love this little theater.


StanMalone on July 28, 2020 at 4:38 am

Someone from a blog called What’s Up Atlanta writes that they called Regal and that they were told that Tara has not closed for good. Actually, if you read exactly what they were told it is ambiguous and could be interpreted either way. In fact it is probably a boilerplate press release with only the name of the theater in question to be filled in should anyone inquire. I would bet that the final decision has yet to be made and it will not be until things start to return to normal at some undetermined point in the future.

A lot of these permanent closings that are being announced are the result of leases that are approaching their end. I do not know who owns the land or even the building for this theater or what the status of that is. What anyone in this area does know is that this intersection sits in a very desirable location and that it could easily be redeveloped into something that would bring in more income in one day than the theater would in a month.

Jack, I never had any involvement with 12 Oaks after Loews left town so I am not the one who did not hire you. Since it was Storey whoever it was did you a favor. With Eastern Federal gone from the area they were probably the worst company to work for at least among the major chains.

JackCoursey on July 27, 2020 at 8:12 am

I was stunned when Lefont decided to close the Fine Art in that I erroneously believed there was a large enough market to sustain a single screen enterprise devoted to non mainstream fare. The closing of the Tara marks the end of an era. Even the screens in the split auditoriums of the Tara are larger than those in most of the IMAXs in multiplexes.
Sam, I think we have met. I applied for a post at the 12 Oaks back in the 1980s.

Rstewart on July 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Honestly, for the last decade every time I saw there was a fresh post about the Tara I was afraid it had been closed. It is hard the believe that somebody like Regal can justify it running in the day of 12+ being the norm but it will be a shame if it is true.

MSC77 on May 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

New article out on Atlanta’s large format and roadshow history. This and several other Atlanta cinemas receive plenty of coverage in the piece.

jumboloan on April 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Four screens were better because there was so much wasted space, either too close or too far with two screens. I never liked movie “halls”. For some reason I want to say it had 3 screens at one time and I thought that was the best. Caligula played here, rated X, to much media fanfare. I saw Star Wars and Blue Lagoon here.

rivest266 on April 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

2 screens on June 25th, 1975 and 4 screens on November 2nd, 1985

TaraTheatre on January 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

2018 our 50th year Share photos and memories 2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd Atlanta, GA 30324