Remembering Atlanta's Tara Theater

The Tara Theatre on Cheshire Bridge Road will shut its doors after nearly 55 years. (Rebecca Etter/WABE)

Atlanta’s only art house movie theater that specialized exclusively in independent films, the Tara Theater, recently closed after being open more than five decades.

The Tara Theatre was opened in June 1968 by Loew’s Theatres.

Originally called Loew’s Tara, the theater’s name memorializes the fictional Tara plantation, home of the O’Hara family in “Gone with the Wind.”

Gary Capelouto, who served as one of the earliest ushers in the newly opened theater, shares his memories with “All Things Considered” of working in the Tara as an adolescent.

It was initially a single-screen theater but was later remodeled and expanded to include additional screens.

The theater changed hands to the Lefont theater group in the 1980s, until it was bought by United Artists theatres which was later subsumed by Regal Cinemas.

Regal announced last week it would be closing the Tara.