The DeSoto


Per national guidelines, the DeSoto Theatre will remain closed during the months of April and May, 2020. 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 entertinment.

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


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

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


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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 2018-2019 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 6/30/19


State Mutual Insurance Co. 

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vick



Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Berry

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. Frank Barron

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Buice

Mr. and Mrs. William Carroll, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Pete Gilbert

Mr. David Lance/Greater Community Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Welborn


Floyd Medical Center

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


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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. & Mrs. Jim Ford

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. Joseph 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. Robert Paris

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Price

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sparks

Mr. and Mrs Billy 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. Lynn Whatley

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