On the streets of Atlanta in 1958, you could fill up at the Amoco Gas Station at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street. In February 1958 as in 2018, Atlanta loved Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. This shop was at the corner of Lee and Gordon streets, the latter now known as Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. The Paramount Theater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta on June 5, 1958. The view down Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta in April 1958. To see more historic photos, go to myajc.com/flashback.
Photo: Tracy O'Neal
Photo: Tracy O'Neal

60 years ago on the streets of Atlanta, 1958

The streets of Atlanta looked a bit different in 1958 than they do now. Take a ride through the streets of our city as they were 60 years ago.

North Avenue with the Varsity in the background in July 1958. N06-059_aa, Tracy O'Neal Photographic Collection, 1923-1975, Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
Photo: Tracy O'Neal

There are a few recognizable landmarks still standing (such as the Varsity, seen above from the other side of North Avenue), but many of these locations are completely unrecognizable.

The Rialto Theater in downtown Atlanta, August 1958. LBGPF3-023b, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
Photo: Lane Brothers Commercial Photogr

The Rialto has changed through the years, but it’s still there at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets. These days, it hosts mostly live music and arts performances instead of movies.

Northeast Plaza Shopping Center, Buford Highway, in July 1958. N06-040_01, Tracy O'Neal Photographic Collection, 1923-1975, Photographic Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University.
Photo: Tracy O'Neal

Buford Highway is still home to Northeast Plaza, but the Colonial Stores grocery is long gone. See more of Atlanta’s streets as they were in 1958 at the link below.

Flashback photos: 60 years ago on the streets of Atlanta, 1958

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