Buford Highway Twin Cinema

5805 Buford Highway NE,
Doraville, GA 30340

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinemas, Septum Twin Cinemas

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Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema on Buford Highway

Initially a Jerry Lewis theatre franchise that went belly up a short time after it opened on February 26, 1973 with “Trinity is Still My Name” & Charles Bronson in “The Mechanic”. The theatre was for a short while part of the Septum Cinemas chain before converting over to a porno house. It continued to operate as an adult cinema until it was closed in July 2015. With its signage removed, the building stands vacant in 2020.

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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Stan, do you have any photos of these old theatres? Please click on my name and then contact me by the email there to let me know. Thanks!

galateasca on June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

One of our favorite lines is “you know you’ve lived in Atlanta a long time if you saw a non-porn film at the Buford Twin”…which I did…Star Wars and I am sure a few others.

evanrb1 on January 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

This theatre was the start of Septum Cinemas. Built as a Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema, ownership changed when the theatre failed. Star Wars opened 2nd run at Christmas but this theatre was the only theatre in metro Atlanta showing it so lines were long. The Weis Doraville theatre, across the street, had the first run of Star Wars. Septum’s corporate offices were upstairs, in between the projection units of the cinemas. The film Superman, opened here exclusively as the only theatre on the north side, and established Septum’s foray into first run films. Septum management did use the theatre for softcore x rated films as well and sometimes would have an x rated film in one auditorium and a PG or R film in the other. Eventually, the theatre was sold in order to focus on being an x rated theatre only and Septum’s corporate offices were moved to Holcomb Woods. Of amazement to me is that this theatre is the one and only Septum theatre to still be open, some 28 years after Septum was sold to Cineplex Odeon,.

franklinsweeney on November 7, 2015 at 3:55 am

The theatre is closed. The last show was in July 2015. It’s sad to see.

TomMc11 on September 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm

According to a March 2017 Google Street View the building is still standing and is for lease if I am seeing the blurry sign correctly.

Rstewart on April 10, 2018 at 8:31 pm

“touch of country in the city, Doraville, it ain’t much but it’s home”

Turd_Ferguson on July 9, 2020 at 8:15 am

The building is still standing. They removed the signage but looks about the same as it did when it closed.

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