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Best movie theater

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1. Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16
You say, “Regal at Atlantic Station is the best I’ve seen in a while. Convenient, new, clean and they have digital projectors.”

2. AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3. Plaza Theatre
4. Regal Tara Cinemas
5. Northlake Movie Tavern

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1. Fox Theatre
We say, “It isn’t always a movie palace, but when this Midtown jewel brings out the big screen, it’s the best movie-going experience in town.”

2. AMC Discover Mills 18
3. Northlake Movie Tavern
4. AMC Barrett Commons 24
5. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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November 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

Fork & Screen.

Mary B

November 1st, 2010
1:16 pm

Movie Tavern at Northlake


November 1st, 2010
1:17 pm


November 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

Midtown Art. Have a beer or espresso and a movie. Civilized.


November 1st, 2010
3:25 pm

Fork & Screen for blockbusters, Midtown Art for arthouse fare.


November 1st, 2010
4:32 pm

The Fabulous Fox. Gotta love the Mighty Moe


November 1st, 2010
4:46 pm

Hands down, Fork & Screen is the best.

Big Nick

November 1st, 2010
5:59 pm

Insurection peep booths on Roswell Road.


November 1st, 2010
6:06 pm

Crossroads Theater in Conyers


November 1st, 2010
6:07 pm

Discover Mills


November 1st, 2010
6:08 pm

NCG Cinema in Acworth. All you can drink sodas, all you can eat popcorn for one flat fee. Nice clean auditoriums. Big cushy seats.


November 1st, 2010
6:19 pm

Fork & Screen, but I’m also a big fan of Starlight Six Drive-In.


November 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

Atlantic Station, begrudgingly. The facilities and screens are the nicest, even if the patrons and staff can be un-Regal. Midtown Art shows better movies, has better concessions, and serves alcohol, but it smells like feet and needs updating.

Paulie Walnuts

November 1st, 2010
6:41 pm

Ritz Theatre in Thomaston. Best old school theatre with modern A/V.


November 1st, 2010
6:44 pm

The Plaza Theater on Ponce de Leon. Not only the best, but the most important!

The Starlight Six on Moreland Ave. is a close second.

Steven Spielberg

November 1st, 2010
6:54 pm

The WORST is the Carmike Cinema in Canton !

They are so cheap they can’t afford a ticket cashier. You have to purchase tickets inside at the concession stand. To be able to purchase any concessions you have to take out a 2nd mortgage. The popcorn isn’t fresh half the time and they aren’t too generous on the butter. A large popcorn & soda will run you $12-$13.

I feel like I was pickpocketed !

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

November 1st, 2010
6:55 pm

I love The Movie Tavern at Northlake, however, while my children were growing up, we started putting them in their PJ’s and packing the truck with air mattresses, blankets, pillows, cook stoves, Bar-B-Que grill, folding chairs, coolers of beverages (from hugs to rum & coke), Whirliy-Pop (popcorn popper), folding chairs, ice, food, various snacks and etc.

We would then file into the Starlight Drive-In on Moreland Avenue. We would get there two hours before dark (or showtime) and I would cook while the children played frisbee or hoola hoops. We only went to the concession stand if someone needed a bathroom break. The children usually lasted only through the first movie and that would leave me and Mommy (I actually cal her that – we all do) to enjoy a peaceful evening under the stars.

Today our children are all grown up and they continue the tradition with their own children. Mommy and I go along occasionally, but now I don’t have to cook (so much) and I get to play frisbee a little too. I also don’t have to pay for it all.

Now what could be better than that.


November 1st, 2010
7:09 pm

I hate to further leak the news of the best spot around–but The Movie Tavern at Northlake is just great. Great screens, plus beer, wine and full meal menu.


November 1st, 2010
7:15 pm

Fork & Screen is my fave. The movies are all first run. The food prices are comparable to a Chilli’s Applebees and they have fantastic matinee ticket specials. I love their bacon cheeseburger with onion rings!!

The Starlight Drive-In is a close second. The fact that you can bring in your own food is a huge plus. And, where else can you see two movies for $7 a person.

I’ll also check out the AMC mega theaters with stadium seating (Southlake Pav, Parkway Point), but only go to Atlantic Station for a movie when the tickets are free. I really like Tara, but Phipps Plaza isn’t too bad for smaller crowds either. I miss AMC Galleria…that was a great small theater.

Love it

November 1st, 2010
7:17 pm

Been to movies all over the ATL – and have to say….Discover Mills. Best seats, right height between rows, curved design. Almost like Imax. Sound is top rate. Second vote goes to Atlantic Station. I have driven from Alpharetta to Gwinnett to see a flick in Disc Mills.


November 1st, 2010
7:20 pm

Tara on Cheshire Bridge. Not the best building or equipment by any means, but good films and a great location. If I’m going to see a Hollywood blockbuster, Hollywood 24 for the screens or Movie Tavern for the value.


November 1st, 2010
7:21 pm

Colonial 18 in Lawrenceville. Nice big theatres, comfy seats and few teenagers


November 1st, 2010
7:23 pm

Oh, I have to second the Discover Mills mention. I saw some of the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts there and the quality of sound and image was excellent.


November 1st, 2010
7:31 pm

South Dekalb Movie

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

November 1st, 2010
7:43 pm


You’re kidding, right?


November 1st, 2010
7:45 pm

The Tara on Cheshire Bridge is my fav for independent movies, Studio Movie Grill on Holcomb Bridge is my fav for “popular” movies – and for the recent Grease sing-a-long event.


November 1st, 2010
8:11 pm

the Purple Palace (aka Hollywood 24 off of 85)


November 1st, 2010
9:32 pm

Buckhead Fork & Screen. You would expect overpriced food that is not very good, but it’s surprisingly reasonable and delicious.


November 1st, 2010
10:10 pm

Plaza Theater and the Starlight Drive In, all the way!


November 2nd, 2010
2:09 am

Have to throw the fox theatre in there as well. I know they only show a limited number of movies in the summer, but it sort of brings back memories.

Atlantic station is the best when it comes to movie/sound quality, but you have to look past everything else.


November 2nd, 2010
7:30 am

The Movie Tavern at Northlake, Food is pricey, but it’s good


November 2nd, 2010
8:21 am

Insurrection (it’s a multi-screen cinema of sorts) at Piedmont/Cheshire Bridge Roads. It’s unique and is one of those pay-as-you-go type of theaters.


November 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

Northlake Movie Tavern


November 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

I feel like the best movie theater can be divided into so many categories:

@Bub totally agree (but I call it) the Big Purple Theater lol. It’s so big and the seats are very comfortable.

But for dinner and a movie definitely Fork and Screen (formally Backlot). I’ve been to Movie Tavern but for some reason I prefer Fork and Screen, probablly location?

And for continuous/independent films definitely the Plaza Theater: Keep it alive!


November 2nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Nothing beat watching movies like Jurassic Park and Independence Day at the old 85N Drive In.

I wouldn’t know about the best place today. Two movie tickets, a popcorn, and two small Cokes…I’d rather spend $50 on a nice dinner and watch a BluRay on the LED at home.


November 2nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Buckhead Fork and Screen of course! I am just starting to go to the Studio Movie Grill (SMG). It’s trying to give Fork and Screen a run for it’s money.


November 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

Absolutely the best movie experience in Atlanta is at Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 on the I-85 access road north of Shallowford. If a major movie is playing in the city, it can usually be found here. It has easy access, no waiting in lines, and the superior stadium seating in all theaters. This is a perfect place to catch an afternoon matinee at reduced prices.


November 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Movie Tarvern @ Northlake…u get to watch the movie and order a “blue thing” as referred to on the menu…which is a blue frozen marqarita. Lol..The seating is nice but the tables are slighty away from the chairs so if you don’t have long legs or arms, you will have to move up to eat your food. Lol


November 2nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Oh and also, the Movie Tarven @Northlake has all u can eat”Pancakes” and kid movies on early Saturdays and Sundays…


November 2nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Fork and Screen is the best. I’ve been to Northlake Movie Tavern and found it to be a low rent version of Fork and Screen. The seats weren’t comfortable and the tables in front of the seats are so far away from the seats that you have to scoot to the edge of your seat just to reach your drink.


November 2nd, 2010
12:50 pm

Studio Movie Grill on Holcomb Bridge in Alpharetta. Full bar and nice seating and the service is great!


November 2nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Studio Movie Grill on Holcomb Bridge..wonderful service and menu!


November 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

My house – better presentation, cheaper, no kids, no obnoxious talkers, no popcorn munchers. I can wait the extra three months to not have to deal with the generally awful theater experience.


November 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

No thanks. Surly teenagers who don’t want their jobs. Pricey tickets. Rude people in the theater, talking, and taking cell phone calls. Pricey food and drinks. No trailers. Theaters don’t make it at all worthwhile. Their only chance to to offer an experience, and they utterly fail.


November 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

You should definitely go to the Starlight Drive In on Moreland Ave. It is great and a great $$ value as well. 2 movies for $7 and they replay the first movie shown after the 2nd feature. So really you could see 3 movies for 1/2 the cost of one in a theatre. In the summer do the “tailgate” dinner and in winter snuggle so you don’t freeze! Yipee!


November 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Living in the City of Decatur, my local favorite is:

The AMC Theater at North Dekalb Mall. 16 screens, clean bathroom and screening facilities, polite employees, fresh concessions, and futuristic lobby all make for a nice movie-going experience.

Favorite Long-time theater: The Plaza Theatre. Shows foreign films and indies no other theater will show. Next door is a funky tavern with great late-night food,; the Righteous Room. Good hummus and burgers.

Haven’t been but want to check it out: The Movie Tavern at Northlake.

Biggest hassle theater: The AMC at Phipps Plaza. Purchase tickets on one floor; attend movie on another.


November 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

Some jerk always says “my house” get over yourself


November 2nd, 2010
1:56 pm

The Fox Theatre


November 2nd, 2010
2:23 pm

Fat people shouldnt eat while theyre sitting and watching movies.


November 2nd, 2010
2:29 pm

Regal at Atlantic Station is the best I’ve seen in a while. Convenient, new, clean and they have digital projectors. Though the “crowd” can be a bit ghetto-fab & pants-on-the-ground.

Phipps is too small and is way too far along without updating to modern technology. Only think it’s got going is that you can bring any food you want in with you.