352 N. Main Street,
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The Kay Theatre opened on N. Main Street in 1947, the smaller of Rockdale’s two movie houses (the larger being the Dixie Theatre). It was a Quonset Hut-style building, with Streamline Moderne facade and decor. The Kay Theatre had a small balcony, originally for the use of African-American patrons in the era of segregration. The Kay Theatre operated until the early-1960’s.
A group has been organized, the Kay Theater Foundation, of Rockdale citizens who want to purchase and restore the long-vacant theater for use as a performing arts center. The group’s goal is to raise $46,000 to acquire the theater from its current owner. It is estimated restoring the Kay will cost at least $400,000.
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