Annual Fund


Dear Historic DeSoto Theatre Patron,

Can you believe that the Jewel of Broad Street has turned 90?

As we celebrate the DeSoto Theatre’s 90th Anniversary this year, we are  thankful for everything that you have helped us accomplish. Thanks to you, our iconic DeSoto marks its ninth decade providing arts and entertainment in Downtown Rome and continues to have a positive impact in our community.

The DeSoto’s 90th year has been a busy one. We have hosted important preservation events, a fun birthday weekend with cake and ice cream, concerts, movies, a runway show, art exhibits, plays, tours, and so much more!  During the summer we made a movie about the history of DeSoto, and this fall we were featured in a movie shown at the Fox Theatre!

Our renewed vitality has made our presence felt not just in Rome but throughout the entire state of Georgia and beyond. Small  theatres now turn to us for inspiration for their fundraising and renovations, and we could not be prouder than to have our mentor, the Fox Theater, use us as an example of success and future possibilities!  We look forward to more block booking grants to help bring tours of great shows to the DeSoto and other Georgia theaters, thanks to the Fox’s guidance!

On a national level, this Fall we were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful picture of the DeSoto in a national publication. MSN.COM published a travel article selecting “the most beautiful street” in every state. The picture that represented the entire state of Georgia was a picture of the DeSoto!

A decade of fundraising has allowed the Foundation to invest close to $750,000 in our building. This was possible thanks to your corporate sponsorships, personal donations to events,  Annual Fund, and gifts for specific projects. This year, we invested more than $50,000 for a new projector, a screen,  and a new (partial) roof, adding to earlier renovation projects that you have been enjoying.

We are grateful for the trust you have placed on us to lead the community on this legacy project. Celebrate with us!  Please consider an end-of-year tax deductible donation to our Annual Fund so we can reach our ambitious goal of $30,000 for the  DeSoto’ Theater’s 90th Anniversary year! This year’s Annual Fund tiers suggest contributions at the following levels:

Marquee $5,000 and up        Medallion $1,000-$2,499                Foundation $250-$499

Facade $2,500 - $4,999           Bricks and Mortar $500-$999       Ground Breaker $100-$249

Thank you for your enthusiastic and continued support of the Historic DeSoto Theater Foundation!


David Clonts
Interim President, HDTF