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WINNER: Best movie theater in metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is committed to continuing our normal features, where appropriate, during the coronavirus outbreak. For full coverage of the outbreak in Atlanta, please check our Coronavirus News Section. We have decided to continue Best of Atlanta voting for the time being, despite social distancing. We encourage our readers to support local businesses after the authorities loosen the social distancing rules — along with supporting those businesses that offer delivery or pickup during the outbreak.

There’s something special about sitting in a theater with 200 of your closest friends and watching a movie. The popcorn. The big screen. The surround sound.

Most of us are watching movies on much — much — smaller screens right now, but this won’t last forever. That’s why Best of Atlanta wanted to know what your favorite movie theater is.

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Nearly 10,000 people voted in our poll, with two theaters garnering more than 90% of the votes.

Tied for fourth place were AMC Parkway Pointe 15, AMC Phipps PlazaCinebistro at Town Brookhaven and Regal Avalon 12.

Third place went to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. This theater is a go-to in Atlanta to catch foreign and indie films, Toby Adeyemi wrote for the AJC last year. Landmark has a collection of films that includes some of the most popular movies playing overseas.

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Sandy Springs finished second with 31% of the votes. Formerly the LeFont Theatre Sandy Springs on Roswell Road, the property was sold  and renovated in 2018, then reopened as The Springs Cinema & Taphouse.

Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue was the overwhelming winner, getting 63% of the votes. The Plaza Theatre first opened its doors in December 1939, making it one of the longest running movie theaters in Atlanta. The Plaza shows classic movies, current Hollywood blockbusters, and memorable productions, such as the "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Adeyemi wrote.

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