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Macon: Douglass Theatre lives on after 95 years

Charles Henry Douglass opened the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon in 1921 / WGXA

MACON, Ga. -- One of Macon's most historic places includes the Douglass Theatre. The venue continued to put on performances just as it has for 95 years.

Charles Henry Douglass opened the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon in 1921.

Director Gina Ward said it became a major venue for African American artists and a place to watch films.

"There is so much history here on our stage," Ward said. "People who played here. People who came to movies. They showed feature-length films. This was a movie theater."

Famous Georgia musicians like James Brown,Macon's Otis Redding and Little Richard once performed at the Douglass.

Now it's home to community groups for acting and singing for generations to come.

"We continue to bring programs educational programs for our children," Ward said.

The theater operated until the 1970s then sat empty for many years.

Friends of the Douglass Theatre saved it from demolition in the 1990s and made major upgrades.

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