350 N. Main Street,
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The Kay Theatre opened on N. Main Street on November 27, 1947 with Jean Parker in “Rolling Home”. It was the smaller of Rockdale’s two movie houses (the larger being the Dixie Theatre). It was a Quonset Hut-style building, with Streamline Moderne façade and décor. The Kay Theatre had a small balcony, originally for the use of African-American patrons in the era of segregation. The Kay Theatre closed in 1962. It stood vacant for many years.
In 2004 group was organized, the Kay Theater Foundation, of Rockdale citizens who want to purchase and restore the long-vacant theatre for use as a performing arts center. The group’s goal was to raise $46,000 to acquire the theatre from its current owner. It is estimated restoring the Kay Theatre will cost at least $400,000.
The Kay Theatre was reopened in 2010.
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