S. Lee Street,
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I have very limited knowledge of this theatre but wish to get it listed so that others might contribute additional knowledge. The theatre was built around 1928 and was designed by Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer for Interstate Enterprises, owned by the Young Estate. The theatre was erected adjacent to the Bank of Quitman and featured many architectural ideas that later materialized in Greer’s design for the Moultrie Theatre in Moultrie, GA, in 1929.
The Ilex (named for a cattle species raised in South Georgia) featured two urns resting upon two almost moderne pilasters that ran the height of the building. Where Greer used a large Palladian window on the third story of the Moultrie, he placed three smaller windows with Neo-Gothic headers as a design feature on the second story of this much smaller theatre.
The marquee of the Ilex Theatre was never modernized and, in its original format, resembled the front of a much earlier nickleodeon with its arched canopy and Gothic denticulation on the underside. A large and well-executed head of a stylized Ilex bull was used for the central support chain of the marquee.
A stone course of what appeared to be intertwined reels of film separated the two levels of the theatre on the facade.
The theatre was demolished sometime after June, 1971 (when I photographed the then-closed house).
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