Catch a movie at the oldest cinema of the city. Established in 1939, it has managed to maintain its charm and its status as Atlanta's true independent cinema. There are three halls screening Hollywood blockbusters and offbeat classics. Once in the neighborhood, find a good spot to park your car, dine at any nearby restaurant and then walk your way to this little venue for some movie magic in an old-time atmosphere. Call or check the website for schedules.
This stark structure was constructed in 1930 and is noted for being the second high-rise built in Atlanta specifically for the medical profession; surprisingly, it has served exclusively in that capacity ever since. Designed in the Art Deco style by famed architects Robert S. Pringle and Francis P. Smith, the building is housed in the Emory University Hospital Midtown. The simple cream brick exterior belies a lavish attention to detail inside, most notably in the stylish lobby on the first floor.
Artlanta Gallery is a space for upcoming artists to exhibit their creativeness in painting, sketching and designing clothing. Here you will find a wide range of contemporary art with varied themes. The gallery also hosts musical events and workshops. You can join them for their painting workshops where you are taught to explore your creative skills.
Housed within a lovely Gothic Revival style building that was built in 1906, is the All Saints Episcopal Church of Atlanta. In a space sheltered by the church's high ceilings and surrounded by some beautiful stained glass windows, the congregation gathers to worship and pray in unison. The church does not only attract those looking for a place to pray, but also tourists who come to see the church's wonderful stained glass windows, six of which have been crafted by the famed Tiffany Studios. The services are accompanied by a lively choir and organ music, while the sermons offer a thoughtful and progressive interpretation of the Scriptures. Through its support of a variety of ministries, social outreach programs, special events and social gatherings, the church fosters a sense of fellowship and community amongst its members.
Commissioned in 1932 by Albert E. Thornton, The Ten Park Place Building was built on land that had been in the family since the Thorntons helped settle the city several generations earlier. Also known as The Thornton Building, this progressive structure was designed by Anthony Eyck Brown and is a rare local example of the Modernist style. The limestone exterior features fluted columns and elaborately adorned entablatures facing the street, while the marble and brass lobby is highlighted by an ornate elevator bay.
The iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. needs no introduction, and the Visitor Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is a great point of departure to a new insight. A time line along the wall of the museum at the Visitor Center leads one through the American Civil Rights Movement, the photographs supported by descriptive narratives. A featured exhibit and video showcases at the theater are also equally visitor centric and suitable for most ages. It is easy to forget that the lobby is primarily an information center to help visitors with their queries, from the complex to the mundane. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center not only has all the answers, but raises a few pertinent questions as well.
The sleek style of the Olympia Building marked a subtle transition in the urban architecture of the 1930s. Somewhere between the overriding revival styles of the previous generation and the glass-heavy International style that were gaining prominence, the simple elegance of this two-story office building is what sets it apart. Upon construction in 1935, the busy office building became a popular hangout for commuters and downtown visitors, who would linger at the streetcar station located in the front. A circular Coco-Cola signboard is perched atop the terrace of this building.
Completed toward the end of Atlanta's first high-rise era, this building opened to the public in 1914. Rising 14 floors, The Healey Building was not completely finished, as a second tower had been put on hold because of the outbreak of World War I. When owner William Healey died shortly after the war, plans for the second tower were abandoned. Nonetheless, the single-towered stone and terracotta structure was a marvel of modern achievement and stood as a commanding landmark until the dawn of the skyscraper era. While visiting Atlanta's Downtown neighborhood, catch a glimpse of Healey Condominiums' beautiful facade.
This 11-story triangular building was designed by Bradford Gilbert and is the finest local example of the 'Chicago style' of urban architecture. Built in 1897, this is the oldest steel-framed high rise in the city and is credited with influencing the design of many of the skyscrapers that sprang up in Atlanta over the following two decades. The building's name was derived from its distinctive narrow shape, the base of which is supported by half columns separated by vast windows.
When building this landmark in the 1920s, architect Joel Hurt was careful to keep frills to a minimum, preferring the simple base, shaft and capital design so prevalent in the office buildings of the 1890s. The resulting clarity of design still provides a handsome highlight to the Atlanta skyline, rising 18 stories above the downtown business district. It is now used mainly for private office space.
Renowned local architect Neil Reid designed this Beaux-Arts classic in 1920 for the Hass-Howell Insurance Company. Although understated compared to the gaudy design often featured in this style, the ashlar stone building features an enormous, elaborately carved arched doorway that faces the more detailed U.S. Customs Building across the street. A floor of the Haas-Howell Building houses administrative offices of the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.