I've been going to AM in Emory Village for maybe ten years now. I'm highly particular about my film, and AM has always done a great job for me. They do everything in-house, and I know a few other stores around Atlanta that send work AM's way. I shoot both 35mm and medium format, b&w, color, and infrared, and AM handles it all with ease. When I first started going there, I didn't know that much about film and the whatnot and, to that effect, was slightly insecure about going in there, worried they might be pretentious, but they were nothing but helpful and considerate and have been a valued business ever since.
Great, clean theater. Big auditoriums and good showtimes. Good student price tickets (considering that every movie theater is charging way too much anyways). Good sound systems and projectors. AMC doesn't offer free popcorn and drink refills anymore which is a bummer. By and large, the experience at Parkway Pointe is always a good one. A lot of the students from the area prep schools make Parkway Pointe their hangout but usually their presence isn't too pervasive or distracting. It's also my favorite place to go for any midnight movie premieres.
The old Hop n Shop of Oakhurst does seem somewhat sketchy from outward appearances. That location has had its trouble but the guys inside have been nothing but friendly to me. They are definitely customer-oriented and have been known on occassion to help foot part of the bill if I've ever been a little light on change. If I'm ever at home and I find that there's that one extra thing I need... from paper towels, to a Coke, to a snack, to soap... I go check the Hop N Shop.
Midtown Cinema rocks. I remember when this theatre used to not be so great. Somewhere in the past year or two, they've definitely turned that around. Midtown is the first theater I check every week for movie listings. They, along with Plaza Theatre, have the best popcorn in all of Atlanta. It's a clean facility and they always have the best selection of movies. The one negative thing I can say about them is that they don't have student prices on the weekends.
CONS: No weekend student prices.
I remember when the Plaza Theatre used to be THE art cinema in Atlanta. Yeah, the prices were sometime a little more than other places, but you could always count on a great movie there, that would be impossible to find at other movie theaters. Unfortunately those days are gone. Now they're prone to showing the super #1 movie that's coming out, but unless there's a reason to see that movie in a classic theater, you'd be better off seeing the bigbudget movies at the megaplex. But they'll still show the more independent films every now and then, as well as Rocky Horror, which always makes it a worthwhile trip. Plus... they do have the best popcorn of all the Atlanta theatres.
I had a storage unit at this location for many many years. The fact that it was climate-controlled and central to Decatur made it a great spot. The fees, however, increased an exorbinant amount over the period of time that I was there. Also, my account was on auto pay and they would never give me a clear heads up that they were raising the rates. Personally felt it was dishonest. For the most part, as well, the people I've dealt with there have come across as snobbish or just too busy to help out. If I didn't have to interact with them, the storage worked out great, but I always dreaded when I did have to talk to the employees.