Walker Theatre

Fort Gaines, GA

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Walker Theatre

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This small theatre opened in 1936 setaing 196. It played movies through 1963 when it closed. Restoration on the theatre started in 2004. It will become an “open air” theatre with only a third of the building having a roof.

The front exterior and small marquee have been restored and the neon lights are again shining brightly.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

irvl
irvl on May 20, 2006 at 7:20 am

This theatre is actually in Fort Gaines, Georgia. There is no Fort Gaines, Florida.

raubre
raubre on May 20, 2006 at 8:12 am

I like the pix alot. Thanks!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 20, 2006 at 8:27 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition gives a seating capacity of 300 for the Walker Theatre, Fort Gaines, GA.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 20, 2006 at 8:43 am

This is a 1964 obit for the woman who owned the Walker theater in 1936:

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Funeral Rites For Mrs. A. M. Walker Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Archie Mansville Walker who died Saturday, June 27,
after a long illness, were held Sunday afternoon at Fort Gaines Methodist
Church with Rev. Donald Phillips and Rev. J. E. Lackey, Jr. officiating.
Interment was in New Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Walker, the former Bessie Dunn, was born May 15, 1892, at Newton,
Alabama, the daughter of the late William Ellison Dunn and Sara Peters Dunn.
The family later moved to Cairo, Georgia, and she received her education
there and at the University of Georgia from which she was graduated.

Mrs. Walker moved to Fort Gaines from Blakey in 1936 and became owner and
operator of the Walker Theatre, Ft. Gaines and the Archie Theatre, Abbeville,
Ala., members of the Dunn family theatre chain. The Theatre was named for
her only son, who died in World War II.

Mrs. Walker was a member of Fort Gaines Baptist Church, serving as choir
member until the time of her death. She made valuable contributions to the
musical and civic culture of the community.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ward Bennett, Fort Gaines; three
grandchildren, Susan, Bess, and Katie Bennett; a sister, Mrs. J. C. Peters,
Blakely; four brothers, William Ellison Dunn, Donalsonville; C. Spurgeon
Dunn, Chattahoochee, Florida; Robert Harris Dunn, Camilla; George J. Dunn,
Oakland, California; and several nieces and nephews.

Bryan Funeral Home, of Blakely, was in charge of arrangements. Serving as
pallbearers were: Dr. Homer P. Wood, Tom Best, J. E. Coleman, D. T. Smith,
Herbert McKissack, T. H. Mills, Roy Neves, Fort Gaines, and Bernard Herring,
Blakely. Honorary pallbearers, were D. C. Brumbalow, Fort Gaines and Stacy
McCorkle, Metter.

Source: Volume LXXXVIII – 34. The News Record Fort Gaines, Georgia,
Thursday, July 2, 1964. Front Page".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Walker Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

This is another recent photo of the Walker.

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