George Lefont (1938 – 5 September 2023) was a distinguished figure in the American movie theater industry, originating from Berkeley, California. Over the span of his illustrious career, he laid down significant roots in the theatrical domain, particularly in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.
One of Lefont’s most renowned theaters was Lefont Sandy Springs, situated in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Not only did this establishment stand as a testament to his dedication to cinema, but it also served as the predominant venue for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
In 1976, Lefont made waves by founding Silver Screen, a theater situated in the heart of Buckhead. Before his venture into the world of films, George showcased his entrepreneurial spirit by owning the Coach and Six Restaurant in Atlanta. This culinary establishment was under his possession until 1994, when he decided to part ways with it.
1983 was another milestone year for Lefont as he acquired the historic Plaza Theatre. True to his innovative spirit, George transformed the balcony of the theater into a separate entity, creating a second theatre space with a seating capacity of 200.
Lefont’s passion for theaters wasn’t confined to a single establishment. He expanded his theatrical empire across Metropolitan Atlanta. His ventures encompassed:
- The Screening Room on Piedmont Rd.
- Ansley Cinema on Monroe Dr.
- Tara on Cheshire Bridge Road
- Toco Hills on Clairmont Rd.
- Garden Hills Cinema on Peachtree Rd.
- The Marietta Star, likely located on Roswell Rd at I-75 in the Town & Country Shopping Center
- And a fourplex in Athens.
Through his numerous endeavors, George Lefont solidified his legacy in the American movie theater industry. His dedication to providing quality cinematic experiences for his patrons ensures that his name will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come.