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70 years later, ‘Gone With the Wind’ re-premieres in Marietta

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On Dec. 15, 1939, police lined up in front of the entrance to Loew's Grand Theater for the gala premiere of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind.' AJC file photo

It’s been 70 years now, almost too long for even the rare Atlanta natives to remember it, but the talk of the town then was all about the “Gone With the Wind” premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater. It sounds like the entire town was giddy with flashbulbs, hoop skirts and autographs. Here are dozens more images from the 1939 premiere.

As an AJC headline explained it 50 years after the debut, it was three days that “rocked” Atlanta. (I posted that 50th anniversary story last year in another blog. It’s still worth a read.)

The Gone With the Wind Museum in Marietta will celebrate the 70th anniversary this weekend with a costume ball, movie screening, autograph signings — a full two days worth of events. But I’ll admit, I wondered, too, why the “re-premiere,” as they call it, was rocking 18 miles to the north.

AJCer Ralph …

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Fernbank adds exhibit hours, movies for Martinis & IMAX

Fernbank Museum of Natural History has officially extended the Friday viewing hours for its ‘Gold’ exhibit to open it up to Martinis & IMAX visitors through Nov. 27.

The exhibit was to close at 5 p.m., before the Friday night martini-and-movie set arrived. The new hours keep the special exhibition open from 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays through November. During those hours, exhibit admission is free with a Martinis & IMAX ticket, or $7 without a movie ticket. Here’s a preview of the ‘Gold’ exhibit.

The Friday night film schedule has been tweaked, too, to fill the theater with films they’re calling “Golden Oldies.” These films will be shown in the IMAX theater, but won’t be in IMAX format, and cost only $7, a discount from the regular Martinis & IMAX admission:

10 p.m. Oct. 16: “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
10 p.m. Oct. 23: “Goldfinger”
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 30: “Beetlejuice,” for Fright Night
10 p.m. Nov. 6: “The Goonies,” for Pirate Night
10 p.m. Nov. 27: “Saturday Night Fever,” for …

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Weekend zombie, cemetery celebrations around Atlanta

Update 10/5: Check out the AJC’s photos from the zombie walk! Photographer Josh D. Weiss got some great shots, too — before you click, be aware that some are not at all family friendly.
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Zombie Walk 2008. It's gory, but also hilarious. AJC file photo

Maybe it’s because it’s October and Halloween is ever-closer, or it’s that the weather broke, and it’s a much better time for the undead to rise up from the ground.

Whatever it is, there’s an awful lot of zombie-horror-cemetery celebrating going on this weekend. Here’s a look at some special events, other than the usual haunted houses and ghost tours:

  • Atlanta Horrorfest IV includes live music, an art show, film festival and Zombie Walk, at venues like Lenny’s Bar, 486 Decatur Street S.E., Atlanta and The Highlander, 938 Monroe Dr., Atlanta

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Atlanta Zombie Symposium: a meeting of uneaten minds

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Free hugs! See, they just want to talk, not eat your brain! Zombie Walk to Oakland Cemetery, 2007. AJC file photo

I suspect this is not what Atlanta’s tourism folks have in mind when they talk about wanting more conference business.

From the AJC story, “Zombie Symposium: Exploring the undead”:

The Atlanta Zombie Symposium explores all things zombie, from its origins in African religions such as Voodoo (the basis for what is considered the first zombie movie, 1932’s “White Zombie”) to its contemporary pop culture relevance.

The brainchild of local artist Stan Woodard, the idea came about after he bought a set of low-budget zombie DVDs last year.

“I found each of these films charming in certain ways, but what was most interesting to me was the variety of types of zombies,” he said. “When I mentioned the idea [to screen the films] to a friend, he got very excited, and in the course of our conversation the basis for the Atlanta Zombie Symposium was formed — a multivenue, …

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INTERVIEW: Starlight Drive-In manager Jim Stacey prepares for theater’s Drive-Invasion and 60th anniversary party

Cars lined up to get into the drive-in theater in 2000. AJC file photo

When I turn 60, I want a party something like Starlight Six Drive-in’s birthday bash: live music, B-movies, tons of food, all kinds of relaxed, fun people having a relaxed, fun time.

Sunday’s Drive-Invasion — Starlight Six’s 10th such celebration — will have all that, plus the knowledge that everyone can use the Labor Day holiday to recover.

I talked with Jim Stacey, the drive-in’s general manager, to get a sense of where the movie lot has been, where it’s headed and how it has survived so long. Stacey saw movies there as a kid, loved coming back as an adult and has worked there for 10 years now. These days, he does everything you expect a theater manager to do, plus lawn care.

Want to go? Starlight Six Drive-Invasion, 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at the drive-in, 2000 Moreland Ave., Atlanta. $28, children ages 9 and younger are $5. 404-627-5786, www.starlightdrivein.com. Ticket info.

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Decatur Anne Frank exhibit to move to Sandy Springs

"Anne Frank in the World" in Decatur. AJC/April Hunt

A 600-photograph, 8,000-word exhibition about Anne Frank will move to Sandy Springs later this year, but for now, it’s still on display at the DeKalb History Center in the Old Courthouse in Decatur.

More than 150,000 people have already seen the exhibit, “Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945.” It was on display for three years in Kennesaw, and will finish a three-year run in Decatur in December. It will move next — perhaps permanently — to a space in the Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Road, just north of I-285.

From the Monday AJC story, “Frank exhibit to call Sandy Springs home”:

City leaders hope to raise the $300,000 needed for the three-year lease within a year, creating an endowment that will keep the exhibit in the north Fulton County city while paying for traveling exhibits throughout the state. The commission could then opt to renew its lease for another three years and beyond.

“We are looking at this as a …

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Starlight Six Drive-Invasion to celebrate theater’s 60 years

Starlight Drive-In opened in 1949. Here it is in 2000. AJC file photo.

The Starlight Six Drive-In theater turns 60 this year, and I’m not just being sweet when I say it hasn’t aged at all.

To celebrate, it’ll hold the 10th Starlight Six Drive-Invasion on Sept. 6, and throw in some birthday party antics.

Two stages, five films, 11 bands and “countless pre-1964 hot rods” will be there. Live acts include Wanda Jackson, Los Straitjackets, Detroit Cobras, Deadbolt, The Woggles, Gargantua and the Psycho Devilles.

On screen, you can catch “The Blues Brothers,” “Zardoz,” “Frogs,” “Shanty Tramp” and a surprise selection for Drive-Invaders.

What I don’t know: what kind of cake are we having?

Want to go? Starlight Six Drive-Invasion. 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at the drive-in, 2000 Moreland Ave., Atlanta. $28, children ages 9 and younger are $5. 404-627-5786, www.starlightdrivein.com. Ticket info.

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Atlantic Station’s free movie series extended to Oct. 29

I mentioned last week that a few summer outdoor movie series are finishing up even while kids are heading back to school.

Atlantic Station went way beyond that Tuesday and finally explained the calendar posted online for a few weeks now: Movies & The Market will continue through Oct. 29. It’s free, outdoors and remains attached to the market and deals that run before each movie.

The new dates offer up a long run of Audrey Hepburn classics, then move to one of the best movies ever made (”Goonies!”) before ending on “The Wizard of Oz.”

Here’s the new schedule.

Movies & The Market at Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station is located in Midtown Atlanta. (Directions.) Movies are shown in Central Park. They begin at dusk.

August 13: “Legally Blonde”
August 20: “Monsters, Inc.”
August 27: “WALL-E”
September 3: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
September 10: “My Fair Lady”
September 17: “Roman Holiday”
September 24: “Sabrina”
October 1: “The Goonies”
October 8: “Madagascar”
October 15: “Men in …

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‘The Cove’ opens in Atlanta today. Will it have an impact?

Image from "The Cove."

A documentary that opens in Atlanta today deals with topics that seems far away from our landlocked city — fisheries and school lunches in Japan? Really? But the dolphin massacre detailed in “The Cove” does have some local ties, and could have a local impact.

We are home to the Georgia Aquarium, and it’s currently building a dolphin facility. Folks there absolutely condemn the dolphin slaughter shown in the film.  About 23,000 dolphins die there every year; another is scheduled to begin this fall. That’s not where their dolphins will come from, and they maintain that their dolphin conservation and research programs will help them.

But that’s not enough, argues Lori Marino, a senior lecturer in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University. She researches dolphins and was in contact with the filmmakers while the documentary was in production. A clip of her dolphin mirror study appears in the film. She believes taht dolphins, a large mammal with …

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Fernbank IMAX Film Festival schedule, ticket deal announced

The IMAX Film Festival at Fernbank Museum of Natural History starts this month, and the lineup announced to today goes from below sea level to the reach of the trapeze.

The museum asked viewers to pick their top six films in a field of 13. Each winner will show for two weeks in the next few months.

The films are listed below, but first: the museum also announced a Festival Flex Pass, which includes six tickets that can be used in any combination during the festival. (The can be used at Martinis & IMAX shows, too.) The passes cost $60 for non-members and $45 for members and must be used by Oct. 1. Regular ticket prices are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children and $8 for members.

Here’s the movie lineup — I added the links, but the descriptions came from Fernbank:

Aug. 17-Aug. 30
“Hurricane on Bayou”: Dive with baby alligators, dance to Cajun rock’n blues music and experience the force of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“Greece: Secrets of the Past”: …

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