The old saying that the only thing that remains constant is change has come true in Sandy Springs with one of the city’s longest standing landmarks.
The Lefont Sandy Springs cinema, located at 5920 Roswell Road and part of the Lefont Theaters company, has stood at that location for more than 31 years. In November it was sold by owner George Lefont and will undergo numerous and extensive changes, including its famous name.
The work will begin following the close of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival held at the theater next month.
The new owner, Brandt Gully, had his office inside the theater for more than three years as a consultant to Lefont.
“I saw a great opportunity to assume ownership of this famous theater and add some features and, in doing so, attract back to the theater some of the attendance that had been lost to other forms of film entertainment,” he said.
The Lefont theater will be renamed The Springs Cinema and Taphouse, and upgrades are planned to keep up with other local theatres that have already done so. Improvements will include replacing the current seats in each of the cinema’s eight film auditoriums with electric reclining seats, renovating the restroom facilities, remodeling the lobby, increasing the kinds of food being offered and, most significantly, adding a full bar.
Although Lefont could not be reached for comment, he thanked Atlanta on the theater’s Facebook page for what he described as his biggest joy, theater ownership. Starting in 1976, he owned several metro Atlanta cinemas before closing them over the years.
“I have climbed to the summit of several of the top mountains in the world, but being in the movie business has been my greatest thrill,” he said. “We wish (Gully) all the best success as his success is our success and please continue to support the theater.”
According to Gully, the theater opened as a general cinema in 1987, but closed and then was purchased by another operator in 2003 before Lefont bought it the very next year.
Gully works with a company which assists film entertainment venues, like Lefont Theaters, to raise capital to grow and expand as well as handle other transactions.
“For several years, we worked with George Lefont,” he said.
For more information, visit www.springscinema.com.