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Theatre Macon is located in the former Ritz Theatre site, that said, the old Ritz was completely gutted to make room for Theatre Macon. I don’t believe the Hummingbird was ever located in the old Ritz, it is actually located two doors down the street in the former Macon Billards Academy building. The Ritz was the only theatre on Cherry Street (the Main Street in downtown Macon) one of a half dozen theatres in Macon. I remember seeing a Randoph Scott movie on a Sunday afternoon in the early fifties.
Classic movie theater, I took a tour several years ago, it has amazingly keep it’s 40' and 50’s look. The interior as well as the exterior has changed very little. Saluda uses the theater for a variety of events. The marquee and the ticket booth are special and you gotta love the Indian head on the facade.
From an article I read recently in the Macon Telegraph they are continuing the restoration of the Austin which was the Peach at one time. They had a fund raising, a one man Mark Twain show at the theater, so I would think they have some sort of seating if not permanent. The exterior looks great.
I just read the above mentioned newsletter, what an out right shame Nashville did not have the foresight to realize what a treasure they had and let it slip away forever. The vintage photos are great and only emphasize what could have been again.
This is a treasure, one of those special theaters that stand alone. I never knew Union Point even had a theater and then to discover this magnificent building. So glad they restored such a one of a kind for the town to enjoy, can’t wait to go by and see it.
In it’s day Turner AFB was a strategic SAC base, ( B52’s bombers, KC135 tankers) with a TAC unit, especially during and immediately after the “Cuban Crisis”. I was stationed there in the mid sixties, this was a nice facility. There was a beautiful golf course, I played often, base chapel, BX, hospital, classic Officers Cub and a modern NCO Club, the base was a self contain facility. I remember seeing my first James Bond movie, “Goldfinger” at the base theater. The movies would change a couple times a week and I was there to see the next attraction. It was a no frills theater, we’re talking military here, but it was a great place to spend a couple hours enjoying great movies.
Turner did end up becoming a navy base after the Air Force. When the navy left and the city of Albany took it over, Miller build a brewery on the flight line and unfortunately the amenities of the base deteriorated without the proper upkeep.
I was in Albany in 2006 and went to see what the old base looked like, not only was it difficult to find, but what was left was only a shell of what was once a viable military installation.
I read recently that there is a campaign in progress to restore this theater. Seems the idea is to turn it into a multi purpose venue, hey that will work if they can save the theater.
I have seen the Rose Theater from the outside, it truly is a remarkable show place, Forsyth you did good.
I got to see the DeSoto around 2005 and stood under the marquee in awe, it felt like being at the movies in the 50’s. The box office added to that classic feel of yesterday theaters.
Does anyone know if Claxton restored the Tos Theater, I sure hope so, any update would be appreciated.
I only remember one movie I saw at this theater in the 70’s and if you saw this movie you only wanted to see it one time and one time only——————-Deliverance.
Phipps Plaza was the place to see movies in Atlanta in the 70’s and 80’s. Took my family to many good ones and one or two that was not so good. Phipps was such a neat place to go in those days, we always went in Abercrombie & Fitch long before it became just another teen clothing store, it was on two levels, need khakis no problem, or a canoe.
Westgate was the first theater outside of downtown. I remember going to the Weatgate in the early 60’s.
I remember the Riverside Cinemas as being twin theaters when they opened, went to see several movies here when they were new. When the theaters left downtown, Westgate, Riverside, and Macon Mall became the theaters in Macon.
Went to the Macon Mall Theater in the late 70’s. What started out as the new mall in Macon unfortunately has gone downhill over the decades. They have tried to enlarge, that didn’t work, so they torn down the expansion. The area has deteriorated and major infusion and cultural change is vastly needed.
This was cutting edge in the 60’s, a drive-in with air condition in the summer and heaters for the winter. A concession stand that was sunken, you could see over it if you parked behind it. Enjoyed many movies at the Weis!
I did enjoy going to the movies at the Martin Theater in 1957, when I would spend time in the summer with my aunt and uncle in Dublin. I would walk from their house out by the old hospital to town, times were different then. The theater had separate entrances, one for downstairs and one for the balcony. I have seen the theater sense it has been restored and now is known as the Dublin Theater, it looks great, good job in saving a treasure.
I use to take my family to the original Phipps Plaza Theaters. We would catch the best movie in Atlanta and go to Abercrombie & Fitch before it became just a urban clothier. In those days you could buy a canoe or a pair of khakis.
The Majestic, one of the truly grand theaters! I was fortunate to go to this treasure in 1963 while in the Air Force at Lackland. I had never seen such a theater, stars and clouds, what a interior, I don' t remember what was playing, I was in such awe of this magnificent theater. San Antonio has saved one of the great theaters to be enjoyed for years to come.
The Big Mo, one of just a few remaining drive-ins. It’s like going back in time. So glad they won the contest last year for new digital projectors, I sure did cast a vote for them. I hope they will stay in business a long time, way to go Big Mo!
This is a fine example of saving a treasure, this gave others ideas and inspiration to do the same. The Abbeville town square is completely restored and viable today, I encourage anyone to visit this beautiful town when in the area and see a show at the Abbeville Opera House.
The last remaining theater on Main Street, thank goodness the Columbia Film Society saved it. I got to see it before the renovation, the old projectors were still there plus other items from days gone by. The Nickelodeon has now moved into a 99 seat theater with the next phase being to restore the upstairs (balcony) second screen theatre which will seat around 200. The lobby and ticket booth have been restored as well and a new retro marquee that is currently being installed with Nickelodeon on each side and Nick on the front, looks great!
Remember the Tara, while living in Atlanta in the early seventies my wife and I saw “The Sting” here, great movie, seems it was a single screen theater then, so glad the Tara is still in business.
The Roxy was a magnificent theater. I remember as a teenager going to Atlanta for the the first time with my MYF group in 1959 to see “Ben Hur”, what a time we had that day. So sorry it was demolished, but so glad I got to experience the Roxy.