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Movies in the Park seeks to bring the Bankhead community together

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

When Rolanda Powell bought a home in the Bankhead area in the summer of 2018, she wasted no time getting involved in the areas booming revitalization efforts.

As the President and a founding member of the Center Hill Neighborhood Association, she’s found a way to showcase her love of community and community engagement. Now she is bringing her professional experience in media and marketing together for a unique upcoming project - “Movies in the Park.”

This free movie night beginning in June 2019 in Center Hill Park, is a family-friendly affair designed to showcase the vibrant and dynamic community Powell holds so dear. It will bring residents and visitors alike together to celebrate community and revitalize historic parts of the neighborhood. It is also a kickoff event for Powell’s wider project: bringing back the Bankhead Drive-In Theatre.

For decades, the Bankhead Drive-In Theatre was a staple of the community, serving as an entertainment and cultural hub for the area. Powell hopes to recapture this by bringing a 21st century experience to the traditional idea of a drive-in theatre. It also is part of the larger story of revitalizing the area through strategic initiatives. This includes city projects like Bellwood Quarry, as well as TI and Killer Mike’s latest venture in buying Bankhead Seafood and its building as a way to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods and save local businesses.

Powell envisions that this next iteration of the Bankhead Drive-In will drive economic development opportunities for the surrounding area, and those who attend the theatre screenings will be treated to a 21st Century experience, with state-of-the-art technology added to a traditional form of family entertainment.

In many ways, creating a state-of-the-art drive-in theatre is a natural progression for Powell. Before becoming a marketing manager at Georgia Tech, she produced award-winning shows like Going to the Chapel and co-hosted and produced the podcast Outchea with her brother, comedian Lil Duval, which reached Top 5 for iTunes comedy podcasts. Her strong understanding of media and marketing - along with her passion for community development - made bringing back the Bankhead Drive-In seem like a perfect next business venture.

More information about attending “Movies in the Park” this summer - as well as updates about the Bankhead Drive-In - will be released here.

Movies in the Park

Date: Saturday June 22, 2019 @7:30 p.m.

Location: Center Hill Park 2305 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy

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Leah LaRue, Assistant Director, Neighborhood Planning Units, City of Atlanta

Rolanda has done an amazing job of pulling together her neighbors to form CHNA, and they were directly involved in leading the efforts to bring pedestrian safety to Hollowell.


Alan Holmes, Senior Assistant to Council Member Dustin Hillis
Atlanta City Council, District 9

Rolanda has been a great leader and advocates on behalf of the Center Hill Neighborhood Association. I have worked with her on a few projects and always look forward to doing so because of her creativity, marketing skills, and passion for improving the community.


Najla Slowe, MBA

Working alongside Rolanda at Georgia Tech for nearly two years, I have watched her grow in her craft. She is a visionary and a catalyst in her community. She brings that same energy of wanting future growth and fostering creativity into her profession.