Ilex Theatre

S. Lee Street,
Quitman, GA 31643

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zebulongrady on September 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

The comments state that a picture was posted, but I cannot link on to one. Can someone who has a photo of the Star and/or Ilex please post it?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

interesting topics,so often old down town theatres face names being wrong.

csdenmark on April 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

No, 3Gary3 the Ilex was demolished. The Star building is still standing I’m pretty sure…There is no more Ilex it was demolished long ago…provided the drive thru lane for the Bank of Quitman next door, which is now closed. The photo is NOT of the Ilex Theatre…read my post.

3Gary3 on April 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Status should be closed not demolished!!!!!

csdenmark on April 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

This is NOT the Ilex…This is the Star theatre. The Ilex was as SiliconSam decribed. On Lee Street next to the Bank of Quitman. It had a stone facade with the head of an Ilex bull holding up the marque…I would like to see that photo taken down. It is NOT, I repeat NOT the Ilex. I was born in 1951 and attended this theatre all my life. I will see what I can do to get an accurate photo available. You may contact the Brooks County Cultural Center and Museum for a photo I’m quite sure. I will try to contact them as well, but you may get quicker service if they think it will be posted online. Again, the photo you have is of the Star NOT the Ilex. The Ilex was quite flashy. I see where theatrorganmana told you over 2 years ago this is not the Ilex and that he has a photo…what gives. If I can’t download a photo it will do me no good to find it. Please straighten this out…it’s ridiculous to have this photo on your site and call it the Ilex.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Click on my name, and send me the photo to my contact information e-mail address. I can then put it up on a hosting service so the photo can be online. If you want to that is…

Or join a hosting service like Photobucket to be able to post picture here.

theatreorganmana on February 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I have the photo of the Ilex taken in 1971 but, as you know, Cinema Treasures will not accept a downloaded photo. The pictures taken of the present “Tony’s Garage” are defnitely of the former Star Theatre or some other theatre; NOT the Ilex.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

Major, my comments were directed at the last line in the introduction at the top of the page. The one that says a photo was taken before it was demolished.

The description in the intro sounds nothing like this theater. Next to the Quitman Bank, gothic architecture, three small windows, fancy stone facade…. My money says the building pictured is actually the Star like WillieP says in his post.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on January 25, 2010 at 4:28 am

My information came solely from this website and Google Maps. I’d never been to Quitman before the day I took that picture.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Maybe John Clark McCall needs to dig up that 1971 photo he took!

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Was it demolished in the past couple of weeks then? At the NW corner of S. Culpepper and E. Johnson St.

Seems there are a number of conflicts as to which is the Star and which is the Ilex.

WillieP on January 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm

The Ilex theater originally had a balcony for use by black customers. The Star theater was built later so that black residents would have their own theater. Sorry, I don’t know the date. The old Star building now houses a garage.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 12, 2006 at 3:38 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s 1941 and 1943 with a seating capacity of 400. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. seating is listed as being 550. The Ilex Theatre was the only theatre listed in the town of Quitman during those years.

joewel on April 9, 2006 at 1:17 pm

The flyers I have are from the Ilex Theater in Quitman Georgia

joewel on April 9, 2006 at 1:13 pm

I have over 100 of the flyers that were given out when you went to see movies. These date back from the late 40’s to mid 50’s. Many great titles are included. If you would like more information on this part of history please email me at

JackCoursey on October 28, 2005 at 5:04 pm

The 1968 edition of the IMPA list a Star Theater in Quitman which was also managed by Interstate Enterprises. Do you have any information on this theatre?