Pex Theatre

123 S. Jefferson Avenue,
Eatonton, GA 31024

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Pec Theatre, Eatonton, GA

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The Pex Theatre opened in 1945 and at that time had seating for 550, on the main floor and a balcony reserved for African-Americans, accessed through a separate entrance. The movie house hosted a special gala showing of “The Color Purple” in January 1986 attended by Eatonton native Alice Walker, the author of the novel.

The Pex Theatre has since closed and was converted into office space. In 2017 it was converted into a country style restaurant.

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JesseBrantley on November 24, 2006 at 1:20 pm

I thought this theater was called the Yarborough. As long as I can remember going to visit my parents' relatives in Washington County which has two cinema treasures, The Pastime and Arcade, Yarborough was alway on the building. This was true even when the theater was open.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2006 at 10:22 am

The Pex Theatre is listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 850.

amberlrhea on March 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Could this be the Pex? (I took this photo in Eatonton this weekend.)

amberlrhea on March 9, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Hmm, well the address at the top of the page here just says “Jefferson Avenue”… and since Eatonton is a pretty small place, I’d say it’s a safe bet this is the same theatre. Maybe it was the Pex first, and then the Town Square Cinema later?

JFBrantley on April 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Outside of the Adelle Theater which is around the corner and off the square, this is the only other theater in Eatonton.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Thanks for the pictures.I think I have been by this movie theatre.

TLSLOEWS on August 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

The 1986 photo looks like it has a sign that said Yarborough,another A.K.A name as someone posted above.

zebulongrady on July 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Owner was J W Peck. The last time I was through Eatonton, it was still intact but closed. There was no name on it.

gingwing23 on October 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Yarbrough’s was adjacent to the Pex. Yarbrough’s was a jewelry/record store. As years went by, the locals affectionately nicknamed their only movie theater the pitiful Pex.

JonCross on June 9, 2017 at 1:25 am

We have brought back the Pex theater in a new way. Even Mr Yarborough would be happy with what my family has done. We have remodeled the inside and turned it into a country style all you can eat buffet. The kind of cooking that will remind you of the good old days. That food that your granny cooked. No frozen food or stuff that comes out of a box. Just good old country cooking from scratch. Hope y'all will join us at the Country Kitchen. Sunday thru Friday 11 til 3.

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