The Georgia Trust

2010 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

DESOTO THEATRE
Rome, Floyd County

The History
As one of the largest movie theaters in Georgia when it opened in August 1929, the DeSoto Theatre accommodated over 1,000 patrons and featured such technologies as a Vitaphone sound system, and a blower-fan air conditioning and tubular boiler system.

The Project
Plagued by waning interest, deterioration and a leaking roof, the DeSoto Theatre was saved when the amateur theatre group, Rome Little Theatre, purchased it in the 1980s. Working in cooperation with the Fox Theatre Institute, Rome Little Theatre restored the theater’s iconic vestibule, including 90% of the ceiling’s original plasterwork.

Plaster work and repair was done by British Brush. Historic paint analysis was done by Goodman Paint and Decorating.

Current Use
Owned by the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, the theater now serves as a venue for Rome Little Theatre and contributes to Rome’s award winning Main Street.


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