Blakely Theatre

84 S. Courthouse Square,
Blakely, GA 31723

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brian17 on April 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Kate was my Aunt, a lady with tons of energy, and a good heart. I loved Blakely. Her son is still there. Spurgeon Dunn, her brother, my father, also had theaters in No. Fla. and So. Ga.

zebulongrady on June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

The Blakely theatre was owned by Kate (Dunn) Peters and was part of the Dunn Family Theatre Circuit. She also owned the Peters Drive In theatre in Blakely along with the Archie and Bennett Drive In in Abbeville, AL. She also owned a drug store next to the theatre. It was located across from the courthouse. The theatre never operated on Sunday night. Mrs. Peters felt she would get in trouble with the Baptist Church down the street. It never had a concession stand, but had a popcorn machine in the box office and a soda vending machine out front. The theatre used coal for heat and the screen was covered with coal dust. It used motiongraph projectors. In its later years, it ran mostly black explotation movies and was segarated until the end. The balcony had a sloping floor with pews, this is where black patrons sat. In its later years, she never used the marquee even though I brought her a comple set of letters. After the theatre closed, the marquee was removed because some of her neighbors thought it would fall down. She had a soda fountain in her drug store and she made the best chili dogs and ham sandwichs anywhere. Her son donated the theatre to a group who has renovated the theatre for performing arts (I hope they changed out the furnace).

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 15, 2008 at 4:24 am

A 1986 view of the Blakely Theater in Blakely.

WHITEFIELD on June 1, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Here is a photo a friend gave me.
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mikemorano on August 16, 2006 at 5:46 am

Very cool link. I couldn’t find anything further for this theatre.