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Mar 9, 2012
 
So much of our old early 1980s Atlanta world is just gone, buried...

A recent trip to Atlanta, and bemoaning my old stomping grounds of the early 1980s being paved over with buildings led me to discover the past of that area, Peidmont Road: "...My memories of the area are from around the 1979-84 time period when I lived and worked near there, worked at Carolina Lumber & Supply a bit to the south of this area, on Plaster Bridge Road, and the memories are very vivid. At that time, the Atlanta Flea Market was there, in a building that looked like it was once a department store, although I reckon it could have been the former location of Hastings Nursery, which by that time was located out Lindberg Drive at the corner of Cheshire Bridge Road, a few blocks to the east of Piedmont Road, across from the Varisty Jr.

Next to the Flea Market on one side was Shoney's (the caving in building can still be seen there today), and across the street, across Lindberg, from the Flea Market was (in 1979-80) the empty building that once was a Copperfield's nightclub.

Across from there was the small strip that housed Ken's Tavern and Moonshadow Saloon, a couple of hopping nightspots for us working class types of the early 1980s. Past that going up Piedmont, and across from the fairly huge Flea Market space was a Sizzling Steaks, and a Zesto's, which, amazingly, is also still in the same spot. Then Broadview Plaze, which was anchored by K-Mart, Picadilly Cafe, and the Screening Room Theaters mentioned earlier. What isn't mentioned is that before becoming movie theaters, the location was the Great Southeastern Music Hall, where many great rock, pop and country acts performed... including the Sex Pistols with their American debut shows!

Piedmont Drive in was before all this by over a decade, and it was forgotten by the time I arrived..."

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18519

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Mar 9, 2012
 
Correction, that was Harvest Moon Saloon next to Kenís Tavern, not Moonshadow Saloon, which was on out near Decatur.
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Jun 12, 2012
 
Will Dockery wrote:
Correction, that was Harvest Moon Saloon next to Kenís Tavern, not Moonshadow Saloon, which was on out near Decatur.
Moonshadow Salloon was on Johnson Rd

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Jun 13, 2012
 
Yes, I remember the Moonshadow Saloon very well also, saw The Brains perform there, among other interesting local musicians.
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#5
Jun 13, 2012
 
And there was a Hardees and an apartment complex just behind it where Buford Hwy (now Sidney Marcus) intersected with Piedmont.
The apartment complex was where the Marta rail runs now.
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Jun 14, 2012
 
Jake_S wrote:
And there was a Hardees and an apartment complex just behind it where Buford Hwy (now Sidney Marcus) intersected with Piedmont.
The apartment complex was where the Marta rail runs now.
The hardees is now a chik-fil-a. I remember ordering peach shakes after swimming at the garden hills pool there every summer.

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Jun 18, 2012
 
Jake_S wrote:
And there was a Hardees and an apartment complex just behind it where Buford Hwy (now Sidney Marcus) intersected with Piedmont.
The apartment complex was where the Marta rail runs now.
I remember those apartments well, had a friend who lived there... 1981 era.

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Mar 15, 2013
 
Will Dockery wrote:
So much of our old early 1980s Atlanta world is just gone, buried...
A recent trip to Atlanta, and bemoaning my old stomping grounds of the early 1980s being paved over with buildings led me to discover the past of that area, Peidmont Road: "...My memories of the area are from around the 1979-84 time period when I lived and worked near there, worked at Carolina Lumber & Supply a bit to the south of this area, on Plaster Bridge Road, and the memories are very vivid. At that time, the Atlanta Flea Market was there, in a building that looked like it was once a department store, although I reckon it could have been the former location of Hastings Nursery, which by that time was located out Lindberg Drive at the corner of Cheshire Bridge Road, a few blocks to the east of Piedmont Road, across from the Varisty Jr.
Next to the Flea Market on one side was Shoney's (the caving in building can still be seen there today), and across the street, across Lindberg, from the Flea Market was (in 1979-80) the empty building that once was a Copperfield's nightclub.
Across from there was the small strip that housed Ken's Tavern and Moonshadow Saloon, a couple of hopping nightspots for us working class types of the early 1980s. Past that going up Piedmont, and across from the fairly huge Flea Market space was a Sizzling Steaks, and a Zesto's, which, amazingly, is also still in the same spot. Then Broadview Plaze, which was anchored by K-Mart, Picadilly Cafe, and the Screening Room Theaters mentioned earlier. What isn't mentioned is that before becoming movie theaters, the location was the Great Southeastern Music Hall, where many great rock, pop and country acts performed... including the Sex Pistols with their American debut shows!
Piedmont Drive in was before all this by over a decade, and it was forgotten by the time I arrived..."
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18519
And Ken's Tavern is, alas, long gone for about 12 years now:

http://www.thehudspethreport.com/ResearchingA...

Ken's Tavern (January 2001) After 33 years in the business, Ken Anderson closed Ken's Tavern located at Piedmont and Lindbergh Roads on December 30. He says he plans on spending a lot of time with his "beautiful, beautiful" wife Mary and playing a little more golf. Although they were childhood sweethearts, the couple have been married only 2.5 years. "We just had different lives," says Anderson explaining the almost 40-year separation. The couple reunited after she called him three years ago to wish him happy birthday. Anderson says he originally got into the bar business because he didn't know what else to do. "I never had anything hit me in the head and say you're going to be a lawyer or a doctor. I just stumbled into this business, he adds." When he first started Anderson would put in 18 hour days, often sleeping in the stock room. In the past few years he has cut back to 5 or 6 hours a day. "I have spent 33 years making a living by standing behind a bar bullshitting with my friends. That's what I'm going to miss," says Anderson when asked what he'll miss most about the business. What he says he won't miss at all is periodically having to deal with people who don't act proper or who choose to be out of line. Over the years he says the biggest change has been the growing concern of customers who drink and drive. "I hope my next 33 years are as good as the past 33 but I don't know how that could possibly be," Anderson says. "It's been a great run."

(April 2001) Ken's Tavern, Piedmont Road - Closed

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Mar 16, 2013
 
Spent a memorable night watching Don McLean at the Great Southeastern Music Hall. Atlanta regulations caused the closing of the Varsity on Lindburg.

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Mar 16, 2013
 
lighteredknot wrote:
Spent a memorable night watching Don McLean at the Great Southeastern Music Hall. Atlanta regulations caused the closing of the Varsity on Lindburg.
That entire area is transforming into another city at quite a pace, a lot different from the streets I wandered in the early 1980s.

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Mar 16, 2013
 
Does anyone remember Earl's Place?

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Mar 16, 2013
 
lighteredknot wrote:
Spent a memorable night watching Don McLean at the Great Southeastern Music Hall. Atlanta regulations caused the closing of the Varsity on Lindburg.
I was just reading the details on the closing of the Varsity Jr. too bad Atlanta seems to have wanted them gone for some reason:

http://www.thevarsity.com/varsityjr.php

"...After the first of the year and after receiving preliminary approvals, the City of Atlanta started to place more and more restrictions on our plans. We did our utmost to compromise and satisfy their objections. Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached on certain issues critical to our operation. Therefore, we have made the decision to close The Varsity Jr. on August 22, 2010 and abandon any plans for a brand new restaurant on the Lindbergh Drive site."

Earl's Place rings a bell but foggy... where was it located, what road?

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Mar 16, 2013
 
Will Dockery wrote:
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I was just reading the details on the closing of the Varsity Jr. too bad Atlanta seems to have wanted them gone for some reason:
http://www.thevarsity.com/varsityjr.php
"...After the first of the year and after receiving preliminary approvals, the City of Atlanta started to place more and more restrictions on our plans. We did our utmost to compromise and satisfy their objections. Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached on certain issues critical to our operation. Therefore, we have made the decision to close The Varsity Jr. on August 22, 2010 and abandon any plans for a brand new restaurant on the Lindbergh Drive site."
Earl's Place rings a bell but foggy... where was it located, what road?
Earl's Place was a place to dance in the Piedmont Plaza not far from the Great Southeastern Music Hall. There was once a place to buy men's shoes in the plaza also, can't recall the name of it, but it was very popular.

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Mar 16, 2013
 
lighteredknot wrote:
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Earl's Place was a place to dance in the Piedmont Plaza not far from the Great Southeastern Music Hall. There was once a place to buy men's shoes in the plaza also, can't recall the name of it, but it was very popular.
Yes, I remember Earl's Place right near there now, I never went there, though, was never much of a dancer or disco type.

By the time I was around there much Great Southeastern Music Hall had become a movie theater, where I saw some pretty good forgeign/avant garde type films such as "Every Man For Himself" by Jean-Luc Godard and the Clash "Rude Boy" movie.

I found this online book that takes place in the area, with earl's Place as a setting in the novel... haven't read it yet but it looks like a nice "period piece" of Atlanta back in the day:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/80341651/Love-Light...

Love Lights My Way
www.scribd.com/doc/80341651/Love-Lights-My-Wa... 3, 2012 Ė

"From his Southwest Atlanta of&#64257;ce, I drove straight to Fort McPherson... a few minutes before 9:00 when I walked into Earl's Place. she spoke.. at Broadview Plaza. and when I asked for her number. she gave me..."

Good conversing with you, Lighteredknot.

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Mar 16, 2013
 
Will Dockery wrote:
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Yes, I remember Earl's Place right near there now, I never went there, though, was never much of a dancer or disco type.
By the time I was around there much Great Southeastern Music Hall had become a movie theater, where I saw some pretty good forgeign/avant garde type films such as "Every Man For Himself" by Jean-Luc Godard and the Clash "Rude Boy" movie.
I found this online book that takes place in the area, with earl's Place as a setting in the novel... haven't read it yet but it looks like a nice "period piece" of Atlanta back in the day:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/80341651/Love-Light...
Love Lights My Way
www.scribd.com/doc/80341651/Love-Lights-My-Wa... 3, 2012 Ė
"From his Southwest Atlanta of&#64257;ce, I drove straight to Fort McPherson... a few minutes before 9:00 when I walked into Earl's Place. she spoke.. at Broadview Plaza. and when I asked for her number. she gave me..."
Good conversing with you, Lighteredknot.
Yea same for me, thanks for the memories of an Atlanta we shall never see again.

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Mar 16, 2013
 
lighteredknot wrote:
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Yea same for me, thanks for the memories of an Atlanta we shall never see again.
I have to run for a while, but here's yet another long collection of archived memories of the "Long gone" Atlanta of just 20-30 years ago:

http://www.turtlenosedsnake.com/fvatl6.htm

"...They regularly publish articles and pictures of "old" Atlanta -- complete with trolley cars and horse-drawn... moreland, next to We Ain't Mad At Nobody? damn..."

I'll be back, anyone else have any good memories of the olden days?

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Apr 20, 2014
 
The Screening Room Theatre was what I remember there, around 1980-82 this stretch of Piedmont Road was where I could be found in multiple places, shopped at the K-Mart a few doors down from The Screening Room, took a bunch of photos in the photo booth, which was already ancient at that time and so gave weird "film noir" shots. The giant Atlanta Flea Market across the street (many years before the site of Piedmont Drive-In Theater, I have read and now the Marta Train Station) Victoria Station was just down the street, as were Copperfields, Ken's Tavern, the Harvest Moon Saloon, all gone... in fact, all I see when riding through there that appears the same is Zesto's burger joint and the ruins of the Shoney's Big Boy, but I digress.

I saw some great "avant garde" sort of films at The Screening Room Theatre, including Jean-Luc Godard's "Every Man For Himself" and The Clash "Rude Boy" documentary, both in first run. Great times all those years ago.

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