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PARTY LIKE IT'S 1929!

DeSoto Theatre 90th Anniversary Celebration
Schedule of Events

Saturday August 3rd, 2019
10:00 a.m.
SOLD OUT
DOWNTOWN HISTORY TOUR  500 Block and the DeSoto
Ticketed event, City of Rome, guided by Selena Tilly. Limited registration available, $10.
https://romegeorgia.org/attraction/downtown-rome-guided-walking-tours/
1:00 p.m. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! THE DESOTO TURNS 90!
Enjoy Cake and Ice Cream in the DeSoto Lobby
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. OPEN HOUSE
Explore behind-the- scenes with the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation and Rome Little Theatre.  Learn about history, auditioning, volunteering, renting, preservation, theatre ghosts, and more
3:00 p.m. FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM MAMMA MIA!
+ meet the RLT cast of Mamma Mia!
Monday August 5th, 2019
11:00 a.m. HISTORY TOUR guided by Selena Tilly
1:00 p.m. HISTORY TOUR guided by Selena Tilly
3:00 p.m. HISTORY TOUR guided by Selena Tilly
5:00 p.m. HISTORIC PHOTO RE-CREATION
Stand in for history as we recreate a historic Rome News-Tribune photograph of a 1939 premiere outside of the DeSoto Theatre
5:30 p.m. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1929 RECEPTION
Join us in the lobby for drinks and refreshments.  Bring your roaring 20’s spirit!
6:00 p.m. CITY COUNCIL PROCLAMATION
6:15 p.m. FREE FILM PREVIEWS
Tate’s Hell - Sneak peek at a local film directed by Seth Ingram.
The Rainbow Man - Clips from first film to open at the DeSoto.

Read the Full Press Release

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.

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.
In 2019, DeSoto Theatre celebrates 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

Façade

State Mutual Insurance Co. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vick

Medallion

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

Foundation

Floyd Medical Center
Greater Community Bank

River City Bank
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cook
Mr. and Mrs. David Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Eidson
Mr. Andrew Garner

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jackson

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

Groundbreaker

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. Russ Gates

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

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Humphrey
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. Danny Price

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!