Quincy Music Theatre

118 East Washington Street,
Quincy, FL 32351

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Kids Playing in front of the Leaf Theater

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The Quincy Music Theatre opened in 1949 as the Leaf Theater. The Leaf Theater was only one of two movie theaters located in Quincy, Florida.

The Leaf Theater closed in 1980. In 1983, the Leaf Theatre was purchased and, through grants and private donations, the building was restored.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2009 at 6:53 am

The Leaf Theatre opened on October 24, 1949, with 1022 seats- 700 on the main floor and 322 in a segregated balcony. The house was operated by Interstate Enterprises, according to items in Boxoffice Magazine on November 5 and November 19, 1949. These items attribute the design of the theater to Prentiss Huddleston & Associates, Tallahassee.

An Item in 1947 said that Kemp, Bunch & Jackson would design the new theater at Quincy, with Prentiss Huddleston as a local associate architect. A September, 1948 item names Prentiss Huddleston as the lead architect of the Leaf Theatre, with Kemp, Bunch & Jackson as the associated architects. The items about the opening don’t mention Kemp, Bunch & Jackson at all, so I don’t know how much, if any, input that firm had in the final design of the Leaf Theatre.

The plans had already been revised several times by early 1948, according to an item in Boxoffice of January 24 that year, due to repeated refusal by government authorities to issue a permit for construction of the theater as designed.

Interstate Enterprises, a company with theaters in Georgia and Florida, not to be confused with Texas-based Interstate Theatres, already operated two other theaters in Quincy, the Shaw and the Roxy, and later opened a drive-in there as well.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Joe, do you have any more information on the Shaw, Roxy, and drive-in? I can’t seem to find anything.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Thanks. I was most likely going to be in the Quincy area tomorrow and thought I would try and check them out. I’ll poke around downtown, I guess.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Nice looking Theatre.

Davisrm
Davisrm on June 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Can you tell me where the Roxy was located?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on January 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I took a few more pictures of the Leaf today. You’ll notice two separates sets of doors. The doors on the left were for white patrons and led straight into the auditorium, while the doors on the right led black patrons into the balcony.

Here are my pictures from January 2011.

femmeshui
femmeshui on January 30, 2011 at 3:18 am

There’s a great nightime shot of the Leaf in Jonathon Demme’s ‘Something Wild’

zebulongrady
zebulongrady on June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

The Shaw and the Roxy were the same. It was located on Hwy 90 W (Jefferson St, I think). It was torn down after being closed for many years. I wish I could have toured it and I understand there were many items left in the building.

TheLeafTheatre
TheLeafTheatre on August 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

The historical Leaf Theater shows movies periodically. It houses Quincy Music Theatre, the production company that puts on several live musical theater productions and other similar events throughout the year. For the historical side of the Leaf Theatre go to: www.facebook.com/HistoricLeafTheatre To get updates on current productions go to: www.facebook.com/QuincyMusicTheatre

jameslmathis
jameslmathis on September 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I remember both the Shaw and Leaf theater’s as a child in the 50’s I would be dropped off every Saturday at the Shaw theater with 25 cents in my hand . Admission was 9 cents , For that you got to see 2 grade B westerns Roy Rogers , Gene Au try . Hopalong cassidy , Johnny Mack Brown and many others .2 serials and at least 3 cartoons . candy was 5 cents . popcorn was 5 cents and of course they had penny candy so the got the entire 25 cents ! We would always watch everything 2 times so it was the cheapest way to babysit kids for about 5 hours !

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