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.
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