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
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Art Wittow
Art WittowJune 18th, 2014 at 3:37pm
Origin Story runs Saturday night at the Douglass! It's the most powerful play you'll see all year! Here's the Trailer
Art Wittow
Origin Story: a new play about the tension between family and truth!
Theroun D'arcy Patterson's powerhouse new play about a Brother, Sister and the night that divided them for 10 years continues its performances at the Commerce Cultural…
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Macon, Georgia: Song & Soul of the South
Happening this evening at the The Douglass Theatre, Jazz in the Courtyard. Featuring the Ken Trimmins Jazz Quartet! Join them for a night of jazz as you enjoy the breeze. #Free
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Shawn Durham
Shawn DurhamApril 3rd, 2014 at 5:56pm
BREAKING NEWS: "Four Broke Guys" will be coming to you Straight From The Heart! That's right. I will talk up the show during 13 WMAZ' "Midday" program MONDAY, APRIL 7. That's now The Macon Telegraph and the top TV station. But where are my RADIO people at? #brokepower (BUY YO' TIX NOW!)
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Shawn Durham
Shawn DurhamMarch 17th, 2014 at 12:59am
Finally done with shooting all footage for the "Four Broke Guys" vignettes that will play during the live show at the Douglass Theatre in Macon. All footage is the can as of today. Whew! I'm excited. They are gonna be awesome. Buy your ticket in advance NOW. Click the link. See you at the Douglass!
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Macon Film Festival
Macon Film FestivalMarch 1st, 2014 at 5:43pm
Getting ready for some "Birthday Cake" at 1 pm at The The Douglass Theatre.
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