It’s hard to believe the Georgia-Pacific building in busy, corporate downtown Atlanta stands where “Gone With the Wind” premiered in 1939.
The Loew’s Grand Theatre, originally built in 1893 as an opera house, became a movie theater in 1927. Hollywood descended on Atlanta 12 years later for the glitzy premiere of the iconic movie. Spotlights swept the sky and fans lined the streets as movie stars emerged from cars to enter the theater.
Destroyed by fire in 1978, some bricks from the building were used to build Houston’s restaurant, which still honors Loew’s with a plaque in its lobby.