History of The Desoto
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.
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 preserve the tradition and legacy that is the Jewel of Broad Street. It is our mission to usher the movie house that introduced us to “talkies” into the age of “selfies” and social media.
A VIDEO HISTORY
Flashback to 2011 Renovation Efforts
As the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation started renovating the upstairs of the building, a Berry College Bonner Scholar documented the condition of the building and the progress of the renovations.