Rome’s DeSoto Theater Identified as Threatened Historic Site
“Recognizing Yesterday: Northwest Georgia Threatened Historic Sites” has included Rome’s DeSoto…
Georgia (Feb 8, 2006) — Rome’s DeSoto Theater Identified as Threatened Historic Site
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LeeAnn Lands‚ PhD
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road. MC 1806
Kennesaw‚ GA 30144
Phone: (770) 499−3437
Web site: www.threatenedsites.org
“Recognizing Yesterday: Northwest Georgia Threatened Historic Sites” has included Rome’s DeSoto Theater in its recently released 2005 catalog. The theater‚ built in 1928 by O.C. Lam‚ was the first “talkie” movie theater in the South. The Greco−Roman building now houses the Rome Little Theater.
Recognizing Yesterday cites the ageing electrical system – original to the building – and a deteriorating roof as reasons the structure is threatened. Heavy rains have already caused serious damage to the walls and floors. The Rome Little Theater Group is raising funds to renovate the site.
Kennesaw State University’s public history program launched Recognizing Yesterday in 2005. The ongoing project promotes the preservation of Northwest Georgia’s historic environment by identifying‚ documenting and publicizing threatened sites in the area. A catalog of threatened sites will be disseminated yearly.
For further information on the DeSoto‚ contact the Rome Little Theater‚ (706) 295−7171 or go to www.romelittletheatre.com. For further information on Recognizing Yesterday: Northwest Georgia Threatened Historic Sites‚ go to www.threatenedsites.org.
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