New Theater Sets Construction Date for 2018


According to recent release, the Georgia Theatre Company announced their intent to construct a theater near the Wal-Mart in East Ellijay.

This announcement comes as according to East Ellijay City Hall, they were nearing the end of an agreement to purchase the land. Moving forward with the contract, officials say they could see construction beginning before the end of the year. However, no official plans have been filed yet.

The Georgia Theatre Company offered the following through their social media.

“We are pleased to announce the coming of our newest movie theater – Mountain Cinemas in Ellijay, GA, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018. Located on Highland Parkway near GA-515, across from the Walmart Supercenter, Mountain Cinemas will feature 8 luxury auditoriums, each with stadium seating, Christie digital projection, Dolby digital surround-sound, and electric, fully-reclining seats. The facility will offer a self-serve concession stand with expanded food options. Tickets may be purchased at the concession stand or at one of the electronic kiosks.”

Citizens taking to various media have been divided about the coming theater with some going as far as starting an online petition against the theater. Others welcome the new business as a sign of Gilmer’s growth as well as the North Georgia Region overall.

Much of those in opposition that FYN has spoken to relate their opposition to supporting the already established East Towne Cinemas. East Towne replied to the information by saying,

“We will continue to run as long as our little theater can support itself. We appreciate all of our loyal supporters and hope and pray we can continue to run our business for years to come.”



  1. Bill Ford April 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Big business continues to rule us. Hope and pray for continued success of East Town.

  2. Rae April 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I hope they build the new one. East town is run down and needs remodeling. Most of the chairs are broken. Would love to have a bigger theater with more than two screens.

  3. Holly Davis May 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I feel with the growth of Gilmer County going in an upward transition that perhaps both businesses will do well. East Towne Cinemas will have a large loyalty following but the new theater will attract more consumer revenue from surrounding counties. If Gilmer County is going to attract more business then this is one way to do it. The people that come in to go to the theater will most likely stay for dinner at one of our local restaurants and could indeed spread that extra revenue to many local shops. Customers are always looking for something different to do and see so it will be interesting how this will unfold.

  4. Cheryl levitt July 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t you all want the business to do better and others to have a chance to open one and not worry about making a it and making money to support there family’s

  5. Angela September 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Please open soon !!! It was really bad when my son had to watch a movie by himself because the mold is so bad in the old theater that my throat was closing and I couldn’t breathe I had to sit in my truck for 2 hours till it was over .. it would be a blessing to have a new cinema so we don’t have to drive to canton or Blairsville any more and the town can use a few more jobs !!!

    • Donna February 10, 2018 at 10:46 am

      WHY would you leave your son in a place with mold?????????? FYI…contact the health department…don’t EVER sit in a room with mold (that it was so bad you had to leave – but left your son in there for TWO hours)

  6. Brenda December 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    The old theatre is dirty and run down and they have done nothing to do any improvements to it. It doesn’t cost much to rent a shampooer and clean the carpets in the lobby which are filthy!! I am excited for this new theatre, it will be clean and comfortable.

  7. Catrina February 16, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I’m excited for the new theater. We need a golden corral while they are adding things. Hahaha. It will just be nice to have more options of movies. I love east towne cinemas and their staff, but the fact is Ellijay is growing and we need more options.

  8. John Smiley February 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    If the old theater is in as bad a shape as I understand, they don’t deserve to thrive. There have been several other businesses that have allowed themselves to be run down and have disappeared. It’s called survival of the fittest. In this case survival of the cleanest and healthiest.

    • Gary March 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      I agree on golden corral!

  9. Terry Frazier March 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Looking forward to a new movie theater!
    Maybe we soon will get more stores to shop in too!

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