Ted Turner’s Movie Theater To Show ‘Gone With The Wind’ Every Day
ATLANTA (AP) _ The film classic ″Gone With The Wind″ will run every day in a new movie theater because it’s the favorite movie of the theater’s owner - TV and sports magnate Ted Turner.
Turner also happens to be owner of ″Gone With The Wind″ itself; it’s one of the movies in the MGM film library he bought last year. The 1939 film will be shown daily in the CNN Cinema 6, which opens Friday.
″Ted finally has his own theater, and he can show his own favorite movie two times a day, 365 days a year,″ said Alex Swan, a spokesman for Turner Broadcasting System.
The six-screen theater is located at CNN Center, a downtown Atlanta office and entertainment complex Turner bought in 1985. It also will feature other vintage movies from the MGM library and new releases, plus a lunchtime program of short films and cartoons aimed at attracting office workers.
TBS officials hope the regular ″Gone With The Wind″ screenings will satisfy some of the tourists who have complained in the past of Atlanta’s lack of an attraction associated with the Civil War epic, which is set in and around Atlanta, Swan said.
There will be an exhibit with memorabilia from the film elsewhere in the center, he said.
Turner is chairman of Atlanta-based TBS, whose holdings include cable television station WTBS, Cable News Network, baseball’s Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.
Although Turner owns ″Gone With The Wind,″ he cannot show the film on his cable television station for 10 years because CBS holds the TV rights.