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.