Tag Archives: South Georgia Art Deco

Dublin Theatre, 1934, Dublin

Dublin’s Martin Theatre has recently been restored and is part of the wonderful historic promenade that includes the Carnegie Library, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Fred Roberts Hotel. A community performance and event space now known as Theatre Dublin, it hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the year.

Dublin Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Montezuma Motor Company, Circa 1920

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This Art Deco landmark was built for the Tom Huston Frozen Foods Company and was converted for use as the Montezuma Motor Company around 1950. It was a Ford Dealership.

Montezuma Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Fickling Lodge No. 129, 1920, Butler

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Note the ghost sign for the City Barber Shop on the right of the building.

Butler Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Automobile Dealership, Dawson

The faded signs on this building indicate that it sold furniture but D. A. Bolton writes that it was built as an early automobile dealership. He notes that the service area was on the second floor and cars were lifted by a large lift that’s still intact today. After the auto dealership closed, it was a John Deere dealership for a time. The furniture business here was short lived and apparently the last tenant.

Dawson Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sylvia Theatre & Granitoid Office Building, Sylvania

Sylvania GA Screven County Sylvia Theatre and Granitoid Office Building Town Square Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Emma Kelly Theater, 1936, Statesboro

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Originally known as the Georgia Theater, this Art Deco facility is now part of the Averitt Center for the Arts and was renamed in honor of musical icon Emma Kelly, the “Lady of 6,000 Songs”. The late Mrs. Kelly is known to wider audiences due to her cameo role in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

East Main Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Colquitt Theatre, Circa 1943, Moultrie

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This Art Deco landmark now serves as the senior citizens center. Built by Charlie Powell and remodeled after burning in 1956, it’s one of the most visually appealing theatres in South Georgia.

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Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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State Theatre, 1945, Albany

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Friedlander’s Department Store, 1936, Moultrie

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At the age of 16, in 1907, Louis Friedlander came to Colquitt County and began a business of peddling sundries to local farmers, first on foot and later with a mule and wagon. He opened a small store at this location in 1908, known originally as the Bargain Store but soon thereafter changed to Friedlander’s. He built this structure in 1936, even though the community was suffering immensely from the ravages of the Great Depression, and it became one of the most successful retailers in South Georgia. A recent restoration reinforces the importance of this local landmark, one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Georgia. I made the photo below in 2008, before it was restored.

moultrie ga friedlanders store before restoration photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

Many Moultrie folks have great memories of Friedlander’s. Fay Brock writes: I worked in the office at Friedlander’s from November 1967 until August 1970. I loved my time spent there, I really learned a lot working for this family owned and operated business. The books from all of the stores were kept in this main location. There were about 6 or 7 stores in Georgia and two in Daytona Beach, Florida. They gave me my first real job, and I will be forever grateful that they had enough faith in me to give me the opportunity. Judy Plymel recalls: wow..if this store could talk.. bought so many cool clothes here.. my first prom dress.. when I was a little girl.. my Easter shoes.. Easter dress on occasion.. it was 3 stories.. and the only one in town with an elevator for many years.. such a cool store at the time.. I can add that my hometown of Fitzgerald also had a Friedlander’s store when I was a boy. My great aunt, Gladys Brown, worked there for many years and visiting her was always a treat.

Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Grand Theatre, 1935, Fitzgerald

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One of the most beautifully renovated movie palaces in South Georgia, the Grand is an anchor for Fitzgerald’s downtown historic district.  I remember seeing movies here as a boy, and the seats were ragged, the paint was terrible, and the place had a horrible ambiance. The restoration is one of the best things Fitzgerald has done.

The Grand recently acquired a 1926 Barton Theatre Organ, one of only a few still in use; the Barton was often used for the “soundtrack” to silent films  in early American movie houses, and it is a great honor for a town the size of Fitzgerald to have such an instrument.

Fitzgerald Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Fitzgerald GA