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Tara Theatre

United Artists Regal Tara Cinema

2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

86 reviewspowered by Yelp

Look quickly at it and you might not even be able to tell that the Tara Cinema is a movie theater, but as one of the few theaters continuously in business for over 40 years, the cinema is integral to Atlanta’s film history.

Centered in a tall, quirky 1970s style building, this clean, client-friendly cinema has a small-town feel. However, walk inside and the distinct vintage design makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the 1930s. There are checkerboard tiles lining the lobby walls and a cozy lounge area decorated with large photos of cinema classics. Despite the theater’s small selection of movies, it does have a big legacy to live up to – after all, it was originally named after Scarlett O’Hara’s beloved estate in Gone with The Wind.

But the reason to visit Tara has never been to buy a jumbo popcorn and settle into your stadium seat to watch things explode – in fact, the Tara doesn’t even have stadium seating. Moviegoers are drawn to Tara for its film lineup, which is mostly low-budget independent treasures, foreign films, and documentaries. There’s nothing new here in the way of technology: The cinema is pretty much your low-key, bare bones art house fare with no major Dolby Digital sound system. If you decide to catch a film at the theater on a weeknight, you may have the place all to yourself. On the weekends, you’ll see many of the regulars, mostly an indie-loving crowd.

- Celena Cipriaso

United Artists Regal Tara Cinema Information

  • Public Transportation: Good: MARTA line to Lindburgh Station; 6, 27, and 33 buses run from the station to Cheshire Blvd.
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
  • Performances/Programs: Independent, foreign, and documentaries
  • Ticket Prices: Adults $9, seniors $8, children $7.50