Douglass Theatre

355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard,
Macon, GA 31201

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Previously operated by: Bijou Amusement Company

Architects: J. Reginald MacEachron

Functions: Live Performances

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Douglass Theatre

The Douglass Theatre is listed as opening on May 6, 1912. It is named after its owner Charles Douglass who was an African-American businesman. It was opened for African-Americans so they could see vaudeville and movies during the days of racial segregation.

The Douglass Theatre closed in 1972. In 1996 there was a $2.3 million renovation of the theatre and on January 11, 1997 the Douglass Theatre re-opened. Today, this theatre welcomes all races and cultures with live events, movies and live performances.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 30, 2006 at 8:28 am

And another handbill from the same era:

TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Otis Redding used to perform at this theatre.

cccmoviehouses on July 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

What a great restoration of this historical theatre, I have seen the interior and the front is more elegant than when it was as a movie theatre, I would guess it probably looked more like this when it was orginally build. Little Richard, James Brown and Otis Redding all performed at the Douglass, so glad it was spared the wrecking ball.

cccmoviehouses on July 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

Great work, I was not familiar with the Roxy, I wish had more information on location etc.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

This page of the web site of Chris R. Sheridan & Company, General Contractors, features a slide show of the Douglass Theatre. Text says that the original architect of the theater was J. Reginald MacEachron. The renovation was handled by the local firm Balian & Associates.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

Charles Douglass established the original Douglass Theatre on the ground floor of his Douglass Hotel in 1912. The hotel was next door to the site of the present Douglass Theatre, and the building can be seen in the 1950s exterior photo linked in lostmemory’s May 9, 2008, comment on this theater. A pre-1921 view of the original theater can be seen on page 47 of Macon, by Glenda Barnes Bozeman (Google Books preview.)

rivest266 on April 20, 2022 at 7:59 am

The Douglass theatre placed its first ad on May 6th, 1912. It’s been posted in the photo section.

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