The DeSoto


Join us to Celebrate  Preservation Month in May!

The DeSoto Theatre  turns 90 this year!  As part of our celebration, we're proud to partner with Rome's Historic Preservation Commission and the Downtown Development Authority to host  this day-long Symposium.   Speakers from throughout Georgia will be in Rome to help celebrate the past and future of preservation and of historic theatres.


The Rome community and the HPC and DDA members needing training,  are invited and encouraged to attend to learn about different preservation initiatives and success stories throughout the state. One of the driving forces behind Atlanta's  "Save the Fox" campaign, Bettijo Cook Trawick, in her 90's, and her son, Rodney Mims Cook, will share their experiences with the audience. The mother-son duo was  featured on the GPB  documentary "The Fox: The Legend Lives On."

Among the day's speakers are Rome natives Paul Pierce, from the Springer Opera House in Columbus,  and Dr. Lydia Simpson, with the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Rome architect Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab will moderate the event. Please check event schedule for all additional speakers.

TICKETS: General $45 - Student $25

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.
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


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

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


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!