The DeSoto

About the Historic DeSoto Theatre


In early 1928, O. C. Lam, owner of Lam Amusement Company, laid plans to construct a new movie theater in Rome, Georgia, modeled after New York’s Roxy. It was the first venue in the South designed and built as a “talkie” for sound films.
When the DeSoto opened in August 1929, it was one of the seven largest movie venues in Georgia.
It was an instant success and the pride of Rome. The Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation maintains and preserves this legacy for future generations.

DeSoto Theatre

About the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation

The Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to secure the future of the iconic 1929 theatre in downtown Rome.
We are committed to preserving the tradition and legacy that is the Jewel of Broad Street. It is our mission to usher in the movie house that introduced us to “talkies” into the age of “selfies” and social media.
Next year, the DeSoto Theatre will celebrate 90 years of downtown entertainment, the only theatre left in Downtown Rome’s once-thriving arts district. 

Annual Fund 2018 Donors 

Our Foundation is maintained by our fundraising events and the generous donations of our supporters. We could not do this without you. Thank you!

*Donations as of 10/1/18


State Mutual Insurance Co. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vick


Mr. and Mrs. David Clonts

Drs. Julia and Dhru Girard

Mr. Gordon A. Leiter

Dr. and Mrs. Hector R. Picon

Mr. and  Mrs. JT Watters III

Bricks and Mortar 

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barron, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Buice
Dr. and Mrs. Pete Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Welborn


Floyd Medical Center
Greater Community Bank
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cook
Mr. and Mrs. David Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Eidson
Mr. Andrew Garner

Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Peller

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Powell
Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Rayburn
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Saville
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Taylor
Dr. Raymond A. Young


The Lodge Menswear
Toles, Temple & Wright
Mr. and Mrs. King Askew
Mr. and Mrs. Harris Bagley
Dr. and Mrs. Sid Bell
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Bowen
Mrs. Martha Cates
Mr. Luke Chafin & Mr. Jeb Arp
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davis
Mrs. Ouida W. Dickey
Dr. and Mrs. David Dohrmann
Ms. Ashley Ellington
Dr. J. Paul Ferguson
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Grajzar
Dr. and Mrs. Keith Hannay
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L.Harbin
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Heaner
Mrs. Villa Hizer
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hortman
Mrs. Fran Jordan
Dr. and Mrs. John Kirkland
Mr. and Mrs. Urs Maire
Mr. and Mrs. Cheryl Melton
Mr. Sam Moss

Mrs. Betty Zane Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mozley

Mr. and Mrs. Chason Mull
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Owens
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Powell

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sparks

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harold Storey

Dr. and Mrs. Joel Todino

Mrs. Connie Vick In honor of Pat Vick

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watters

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Watters

Miss Emma Wells

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Williams

Help us Keep the Jewel of Broad Street Shining Bright.

Please donate to our Annual Fund. Your donations not only help us to complete the restoration of this cherished landmark, but will transform the DeSoto once again into a modern performance venue able to attract world-class acts to Rome.  To donate, you will be asked for your email and to set up a password. THANK YOU!