Hilltop Family Cinema
1421 Bankhead Highway SW,
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Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema, Mableton Twin Cinema 1 & 2, Septum Twin Cinemas, Mableton Triple Cinema I, II, III, Mableton Hill Top Cinema
The Hilltop Family Cinema was a fairly non-descript theater in a suburb first heavily populated by the white flight of the late-1950’s/early-1960’s. Part of a strip shopping center built in the mid-1960’s it opened as part of the Jerry Lewis chain on December 17, 1971 with George Hamilton in “Evel Kneivel” & the animated feature “You’re a Good Boy Charlie Brown”. In May 1973 it was taken over by Star Cinemas renamed Mableton Twin Cinema 1 & 2. In 1974 it was renamed Septum Twin Cinemas. In 1978 it became the Mableton Triple Cinemas I, II, III. In 1982 it was renamed renamed Mableton Hilltop Cinema. From late-1984 it operated as the Hilltop Family Cinema. I believe that the theatre was redecorated in the 1970’s when Dolby was added, but that was the last time that the theater had any work done.
By the 1990’s it was mostly known for the fact that it had one of the best “Rocky Horror” casts in the Atlanta, and I think by the end “Rocky Horror” might have been all it showed. A Creative Loafing article indicates that it closed in 1999, but other sources have it listed as a working theater until 2002. I have the feeling that this was a nice little theater at some point, but by the time I went to watch Rocky Horror in the mid-1990’s it was a mess.
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