Douglass Theatre | Macon, GA

The Douglass Theatre was the premier movie theatre and vaudeville hall open to African-American citizens in the city.  The theatre was opened in 1912 by the successful African American entrepreneur and investor, Charles Douglass, the son of a former slave.  In a time of racism and segregation, Douglass saw opportunity in serving the growing demand for entertainment of the black population of Macon.

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The facility hosted early jazz and blues greats such as Ida Cox, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and comedy stars such as Butterbeans and Susie while at the same time running feature-length films and serials popular in theatres throughout the country. During the 1920’s, the theatre was an important venue for early African-American films written and produced by blacks for black audiences as well.  Musical stars such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington filled The Douglass before moving on to the city auditorium in the 1940’s. During the 1950s and 60s, the theatre offered up and coming performers like Otis Redding, Little Richard and James Brown the opportunity for exposure.

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The theatre remained in operation until 1970s when it closed its doors. It was dormant for many years before being saved from the “wrecking ball” in 1990s by a community group which became the non-profit “Friends of the Douglass Theatre”. Subsequent major renovations added central heating and air, state of the art stage lighting, sound and cinema equipment as well as new seating. Reopening in 1997, the Douglass Theatre today is operated by the City of Macon and is available to be rented out for a variety of public and private events.

The Douglass Theatre
355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Macon, GA 31201
Tel: 478-742-2000
Website: douglasstheatre.org
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Established in 1921, the Douglass Theatre was renovated to its former glory in 1997 and currently hosts a variety of events ranging from music to educational programs for the youth. Come by for a visit and see the wonders of the historic Douglass Theatre
Macon Film Festival
Macon Film FestivalOctober 30th, 2014 at 12:20pm
Please help digitize The Douglass Theatre!
The 93 year old theater needs to be upgraded with a digital projector in order for the theater to continue to be able to screen movies in the near future.

Reel-To-Reel and DVDs are becoming a thing of the past, everything is moving to a digital format. The Douglass needs to raise $130k to make the transition. The Macon Film Festival will need them to be digitized so we can continue to use this theater for our festival.

Visit http://www.douglasstheatre.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=67 or call 478-742-2000
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