Forrest Theatre

245 Forrest Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30306

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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters

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The Forrest Theatre was operated by the Bailey Theaters chain which catered to the local African American community during the 1950’s. The theatre was demolished in the early-1960’s.

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Don K.
Don K. on March 24, 2010 at 1:34 am

My uncle had a grocery store a few blocks west on Forrest Avenue, across the street from the site of the current Atlanta Civic Center. What I remember most about the Forrest Theater was the billboard above the theater that displayed 24 sheet posters for current or coming attractions. That was during the era of segregation, so I never actuallty attended the theater. But those posters were tempting …

rivest266 on February 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Was this at 245 Ralph McGill Blvd NE. ?

Don K.
Don K. on February 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Yes, Forrest Avenue (named after Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, who also founded the Ku Klux Klan) was changed to Ralph McGill Avenue in the ‘60’s, to honor the liberal editor of The Atlanta Constitution. Since I haven’t been in Atlanta in a number of years, I really don’t know about the street number.

The map location (on the current page) of Lake Forrest Dr. has nothing to do with the location of The Forrest Theater.

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