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OUR STAGE, SEATS, DOORS, AND HEARTS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

The DeSoto Theatre remains closed for large gatherings due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  But   following all state guidelines and CDC protocols, we have reopened for small gatherings and rentals.

We look forward to the day when we can welcome our performers and audience and bring joy to our community once again through arts and entertainment. Meanwhile, please consider the DeSoto for your business meetings, bridal or baby shower, birthdays, anniversaries, and small weddings. Our auditorium is perfect for socially distancing while showing presentations or even watching a movie!

Our thoughts, prayers, and love go to everyone as our world continues to face this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support of the The DeSoto and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.

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FOX THEATRE INSTITUTE  AND THE DESOTO  

The DeSoto is honored to be only one of three theatres featured in Atlanta's  Fox Theatre Institute's 10th Anniversary movie.  We're thankful for FTI's mentorship and support during the past decade as they continue to engage with us and other historic theatres, "helping revitalize communities one theater at a time."

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MAKE A DONATION

Help us  continue the preservation of the DeSoto Theater by making a donation in honor of our 90th Anniversary!

 

About the Historic DeSoto Theatre

History

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.

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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.
In 2019, DeSoto Theatre celebrates 90 years of downtown entertainment, the only theatre left in Downtown Rome’s once-thriving arts district. 

Annual Fund 2019-2020 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!

As of June 30th,2020

MARQUEE

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vick

 

FACADE

Drs. Julia and Dhru Girard

 

MEDALLION

State Mutual Insurance Company
Mr. and Mrs. David Clonts
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Owens
Dr. and Mrs. Hector Picon
Mr. Wes Walraven

BRICKS AND MORTAR

Mr. Donald Barcik
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barron
Mr. Gordon Leiter
Dr. and Mrs.Toby Morgan
Drs. Gregory Harris and Sonbol Shahis-Salles

FOUNDATION

Mr. and Mrs. James Booker
Mrs. Janice Dismuke
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Eidson
Mr. and Mrs. Ty Ethridge
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Finn
Mr. and Mrs. Russ Gates
Dr. and Mrs. Pete Gilbert
Dr. and Mrs. Dan Goldfaden
Dr. and Mrs. George Goldin
Ms. Bonnie Grizzard
Greater Community Bank
Dr. Steven Hom
Dr. and Mrs. PJ McElhone
--In honor of Michelle Picon for her creativity and hard work for the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Pullen
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Saville
Mr. Thomas Stanley
Mrs. Angie Stegall
Drs. William Warley and D'Ann Downey
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Williams, Jr
Mrs. Peggy Willis
--In memory of Dave Willis

GROUND BREAKER

Mr. and Mrs. King Askew
Ms. June Barron
Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett
Dr. and Mrs. Sid Bell
Dr. and Mrs Alan Bowen
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Byington
Mrs. Martha Cates
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Carter
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Collins
Dr. and Mrs. Louis Dinatti
Dr. and Mrs. David Dohrmann
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gill
Dr. and Mrs. J. Daniel Hanks, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Harbin
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. John Hine
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hortman
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kalkus
Ms. Megan Keating
Dr. and Mrs. Todd Kelley
Mr. and Mrs. Doc Kibler
Mr. and Mrs. Tiff Magruder
Mr. and Mrs. Urs Maire
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan McWhorter
Mr. and Mrs. Greg McCollum
Mr. and Mrs. Randy McGill
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Morris
Mr. Sam Moss
Dr. and Mrs. Rick Muller
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Paracka
Ms. Anina Ruiz-Giusti
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Sparks
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Sparks
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watters
Mr. and Mrs Lynn Whatley
Dr. Ray Young

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 may be asked for your email and to set up a password. THANK YOU!

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