Now used as a storage building, this originally served as a theater for the tiny town of Vada.
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Opened in 1948 by Ward Riggins, Sr., as the Family Drive-In, the Jesup Drive-In Theater is the oldest and one of just four remaining in the state of Georgia. It was briefly closed in the 1960s, reopened as the Jesup Twin Drive-In and has been going strong ever since. Today it’s owned by Ralph and Jamie Hickox, who have really improved it while keeping its nostalgic feel. It’s a real treasure for Southeast Georgia.
The Pal is a true relic. To find a movie house dating to the late 1950s/early 1960s still hanging on in the instant media era is something one doesn’t expect. I was amazed to find current movies being shown, as well as someone working the ticket window. It was like something in a movie to me. The Pal Amusement Company (Pete Brice & Margaret Ladson) ran a small chain of Pal Theaters in the early 1960s all over southeast Georgia, in towns like Glennville, Hinesville, Lyons, Vidalia, Soperton, Millen and Mt. Vernon. Pat Crawford notes on the Vanishing South Georgia Facebook page that there was also an Abbeville location and Karen Carrow Dees says the Pal Theater in Vidalia still screens classics.
If you find yourself in the area for an evening, you might want to check out a show. The Pal is located at 134 West Broad Street, in the heart of Louisville’s historic district. Call (478) 625-9998 for show and schedule information.
Louisville Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
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
Better known as the home of J. E. Beck & Son Hardware (established 1945), the building was built by a Mr. Shannon in 1920. In the distance is the old WPA-built city gymnasium. According to Billy Humphries, it will soon be restored and used as a a theater/opry house. Jean Clements also notes that for a time after the Jeffersonville school building burned in the late 1940s, it was used as the temporary grammar school.