Tag Archives: North Georgia Theatres & Auditoriums

Grand Opera House, 1884 & 1904, Macon

When architect W. R. Gunn designed the Academy of Music (as the Grand Opera House was originally known), its 58×90 stage was the largest in the Southeast. With seating for over 2100, it was a wonder of the time. In 1904, its original front was removed and replaced with the more commercial appearance it has today. It was reopened in 1904 as the Grand Opera House. Charlie Chaplin, Houdini, Will Rogers, George Burns & Gracie Allen and many other luminaries of the early 20th century performed here. The Grand was remodeled for use as a movie house in 1936 but was out of business by 1965. It was nearly demolished in 1967 for use as a parking lot but was saved by a group of concerned local citizens and once again, the Grand Opera House has retaken its place as Macon’s nicest entertainment space.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BIBB COUNTY GA--, Macon GA

Hardeman Building, Circa 1850, Macon

Originally known as the Concert Hall, for the performance space located on the second floor, this is another of Macon’s antebellum commercial landmarks and one of the most visually interesting structures downtown. It was built by a group of businessmen, including Payne, Nisber, Mix, Kirkland, and Virgin. Payne operated an apothecary shop here until 1889, while Mix & Kirkland operated a bootery around the same time. Multiple other businesses have been housed here throughout its long history. The Victorian features, including the bay windows and corner entryway, were added in the early 1900s. It has been home to Lawrence Mayer Florist since 1994.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Capitol Theatre, 1917, Macon

Now known as the Cox Capitol Theatre, for its chief corporate sponsor, Macon’s historic Capitol Theatre is a symbol of revitalization in the downtown area. Built in 1897 for the Commercial Savings & Loan Company, it soon became home to the Strong Shoe Company, which would remain there until 1915. The Capitol Theatre opened around 1917 and was the first public space in Macon to have air conditioning. Following its closure as a first-run theatre in 1975, the structure fell into disrepair. After renovation, it reopened in 2006 and is now a venue for concerts and independent and historic films.

Macon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Royal Theatre, 1937, Hogansville

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --TROUP COUNTY GA--, Hogansville GA

Theatre, Gibson

Though I’m unable to confirm it at this time, I believe this was originally a theatre. Since 1986, it has been home to the Gibson Lodge No. 257, F. & A. M.

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Holly Theatre, 1948, Dahlonega

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Like many of Georgia’s historic theatres, the Holly has been restored and still shows movies and serves as a popular performance space.

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National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --LUMPKIN COUNTY GA--, Dahlonega GA

Opera House, 1910, Commerce

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Commerce Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --JACKSON COUNTY GA--, Commerce GA