Tara Theatre

Tara Theatre

Company Info

Market: Atlanta, Georgia
Category: Entertainment and Recreation
Sub Category: Cinema, Entertainment Venue, Event Venue, Film, Movie House, Movie Theatre, Movies, Partnerships, Sponsorships
Established: 1968

Other Awards: Creative Loafing Best Movie Theatre, AJC Best Movie Theatre, Atlanta Magazine, Best Theatre, Escobar has been named a “40 under 40” and “CFO of the Year” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, named “Best of Atlanta” by Atlanta Magazine, and given the “Creativity & Arts Award for Community Impact Arts Administrator” from the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts.

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Chris Escobar, owner of the Tara Theatre, Plaza Theatre and executive director of the Atlanta Film Society.

  • Chris born outside of Miami, Plantation Florida.
  • Grew up there moved here to Atlanta, ’99 at 13 years
  • High School in Douglassville, drew to Georgia was Hope Scholarship…promise to pay for college…grew up in immigrant household, working class, grew up “free and reduced lunch” Colombian…
  • Mom came here in 60’s, 8 years old, upper class in Colombia, bottom in States.
  • GSU studied film production worked full time in highschool, stage hand to production management, ran a venue in Cobb County and management team…
  • Mable House Barns Amphitheater…kids..5 siblings, 4 from your Mom and 1 biological father …
  • Undergrad at GSU met Francis Ford Coppola…met GSU…you met your wife in middle school, closer in highschool was in musical theater – Chapel Hill High School – together…
  • Every film maker should have rooting in theater…community theatre, theater classes, building vs art form…
  • Plaza Theatre …Cleveland Film Festival started same year as Atlanta Film Festival…
  • Lucky and privileged your Mom, grandfather, etc all college educated…yours growing up working class and poor instilled work ethic…difference immigrants same country lack of money and values instilled generationally…
  • Makes a difference who transcends and beats the odds…single Mom…father figure not until adult…very involved grandmother …aunts…product of a village…from immigrant family, single family homes…..
  • While in high school went to WSB-TV went to see High Q interested in media production…met Bob Monte…Art Rodgers met…informally stay in touch with them…starting the school news school ran Junior and Senior Year…did iPhone tour…Monica …involved…had an opportunity made the most of it tended to the garden…
  • Degree Undergrad…BA Arts Film Production Minor Theater, MA of the Arts with Concentration Film Production…whole time working for Entertainment Design Group –
  • Steve Guy primary owner…fell victim to recession…closed 2015…laid off 2008.
  • $17 million to …not…
  • Met in Cole in Middle School…10 years later said yes…friends….married…
  • 2010 Atlanta.. Norcross…2007 together…3 beautiful kids, 2,Amelia 7, Aidan, 10 years…Olivia…..Cole born East Point, GA grew up in Douglassville…met Chris Chapel Hill, went to Highschool School…Music Teacher Douglassville, part time, Mom, assistant to Chris Plaza and Tara…
  • Atlanta Metro Chamber – ACVB – Film Society Non-Profit Director of …Plaza Theatre Foundation Administer…Plaza Atlanta, Tara Theatre LLC and on Board…Rialto Theatre…Georgia Production Board…Board of Visitors for College of the Arts…Advisory Board for River Oaks Theatre Houston and Hammond House West End…


  • Ideal Client 
  • Customers – Buying Tickets, Concessions, Merchandise
  • Clients – Renting or Sponsoring
  • Partners – Programming or Marketing Partners———————————————————————————————————————————–
    • Best Strategic Referral Partners – All members in the BCN
    • Member Offer(s)
    • (2) Free tickets per member company (this would be 100 INDY-printed ticket vouchers – Richard Martin, Owner/Program Director, Email – Richard@plazaatlanta.com
    • 20% off Rentals or Group Ticket Purchases – Contact Kristin Anderson, Marketing & Events Manager
      404-291-7151; kristin@plazaatlanta.com.
    • Revenue Share Opportunity for Select Partners – Chris Escobar, Owner/Managing Member, 678-698-9048; chris@plazaatlanta.com




About Tara Theatre

The Tara Theatre is an art house movie theater located in Atlanta. The theater specializes in the showing of independent films, the only theater in Atlanta to do so exclusively.

The Tara Theatre was opened in June 1968 by Loew’s Theatres. It embodied the modernist architecture popular at the time. Originally called Loew’s Tara, the theater’s name memorialized the fictional Tara plantation, home of the O’Hara family in Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind. Tara opened with a 70mm, stereophonic presentation of the film Gone with the Wind on its 60-foot screen. This single screen with seating for 1,000 was later twinned. In the 1970s, one of the twin theaters was twinned itself, and a separate fourth theater was added onto the building. The theater became part of the local Lefont theater group in the 1980s. At the end of that decade, United Artists Theaters bought the Tara and used part of the building as a regional corporate office until United Artists, along with Edwards Theatres, was merged into the new parent company Regal Entertainment Group in 2002, but was still operated under the United Artists label for a time. Shortly afterward, the Tara was remodeled to feature silver, streamline moderne-inspired details in the interior and above the portico, faux art deco advertisements, and large hanging portraits of classical Hollywood movie stars, such as Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Charlie Chaplin.

The Tara was closed by Regal in November 2022.

The Tara was then re-opened in May 2023 under local ownership, Christopher Escobar that also owns the nearby historic Plaza Theatre.

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