Tag Archives: South Georgia Theatres & Auditoriums

Vada Theater, Decatur County

Vada GA Mitchell County Ghost Town Old Theater Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Now used as a storage building, this originally served as a theater for the tiny town of Vada.

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Jesup Drive-In Theater, 1948

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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.

jesup drive in theatre theater movie wayne county ga marquee at night photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2014

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Filed under --WAYNE COUNTY GA--, Jesup GA

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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Filed under --SCREVEN COUNTY GA--, Sylvania GA

Mt. Zion Street, Milan

Earl Thearer and Storefronts Milan GA Dodge County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The building in the left foreground is the old Earl Theatre, built in 1952. Milan is located in both Dodge and Telfair counties, but I’ve usually associated it most with Dodge County.

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Pal Theater, Louisville

Pal Theatre Louisville GA Neon Marquee Hunger Games 2 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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.

Pal Theatre Louisville GA Neon Marquee Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Louisville GA

Emma Kelly Theater, 1936, Statesboro

Emma Kelly Theatre Statesboro GA Renovated Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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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Filed under --BULLOCH COUNTY GA--, Statesboro GA

Cordele Drive-In, 1960s, Crisp County

Cordele Drive-In Marquee Crisp County GA Abandoned Overgrown 1960s Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Long abandoned, the Cordele Drive-In was once operated by R. T. Moody and was constructed in the mid-1960s. According to Fred Gleaton, another drive-in, which closed around 1960, was located south of town and later became the fairgrounds.

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Shannon Building, 1920, & WPA Gymnasium, 1935, Jeffersonville

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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.

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Abandoned Theatre, Pitts

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While photographing in Pitts one day, I was told that this was the old movie theatre. Pitts was once a much busier place. Robert Jett notes that this was Jett’s Hardware, operated by his father, E. B. Jett, from about 1955 to 1960; he confirms that it was used as a theatre before then.

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Filed under --WILCOX COUNTY GA--, Pitts GA

First Avenue, Moultrie

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Moultrie Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --COLQUITT COUNTY GA--, Moultrie GA