The Douglass Theatre is a historic property used for live performances and motion pictures in downtown Macon, Georgia. It was designed by J. Reginald MacEachron (who was also a composer) and commissioned by entrepreneur Charles Henry Douglass as Macon’s first African-American owned theatre. Over the years it has hosted some of the greatest Jazz and Blues players, including Macon Natives Otis Redding and Little Richard, Bessie Smith, James Brown and Ma Rainey. It is now operated by the City of Macon and is available to be rented out for a variety of public and private events.
The project consisted of the renovation of a 20,000 square foot historic building to a state of the art theater and the addition of a new 20,000 square foot building containing dressing rooms, a green room, a warming kitchen and a meeting space and art display area.
The stage lighting, sound and cinema equipment (including 35mm and 70 mm film formats with digital surround sound) with the capabilities to support I-Max theatre, 3-D films, were also added. New seating was installed and a portion of the first level was converted to an entrance lobby and waiting area to the annex area.
Owner: City of Macon
Architect: George Balian and Associates
Location: Macon GA