DeSoto Theatre, 1929, Rome

O. C. Lam, who operated several theatres in the region, opened the DeSoto Theatre on 5 August 1929. Employing the new Vitaphone system, it was the first in the South to feature “talkies”. It served as a first-run theatre until closing in 1982. After extensive restoration, it is again a showplace for Rome, hosting numerous events each year and serving as the home of the Rome Little Theatre.

Between the Rivers Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

2 thoughts on “DeSoto Theatre, 1929, Rome

  1. Carol

    I was born in Rome and have family there. Since Daddy was in the Army, we never really lived there, and haven’t since, but a fond childhood memory was going to the DeSoto and being mesmerized by the HUGE aquarium in the lobbby. I had never seen such a thing, but it was magical. Don’t remember what the movie was though!


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