12762 Broad Street,
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Previous Names: Sparta Theatre, Grand Theatre, Dreamland Theatre, Dixie Theatre, Pex Theatre
The Sparta Theatre was opened July 22, 1918 with “Joan of Plattsburg” and also a ‘good comedy’. It originally had 160 seats and the building was named the Graves Building. It was renamed Grand Theatre in October 1928 and possibly enlarged at that time to seat 350. The Grand Theatre was partially destroyed by fire in late-1932.
It was rebuilt in 1933 for Robert A. Waller and reopened as the Dreamland Theatre on October 18 1933 with Janet Gaynor in “State Fair”. Seating was provided for 250. By January 1935 it had been renamed Dixie Theatre.
In May 1937 it was renamed Pex Theatre and seating was given as 300. It was closed in September 1962. It was reopened by Jean Seymour of Greensboro on May 18, 1967, but closed in May 1968.
By 1976 it had been reopened by Henry Hargrove and had been renamed Hargo Theatre. It was still open in April 1994 when it was showing Wesley Snipes in “Sugar Hill”, but closed soon after, with the last movie being “Nightmare on Elm Street” which remained on the marquee for several years.
I passed the old Hargo Theatre in Sparta, Georgia going to Milledgeville, Georgia one day. The theatre was in terrible shape. State Highway 16 runs through Sparta. Never could find out who owned the old theatre, but I wanted so bad to explore the old theatre but was riding with someone else and couldn’t.
The Hargo Theatre was destroyed by fire which began in an adjacent flower shop on February 15, 2004.
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