Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Douglass Theatre is an architecturally rich, vibrant showplace which presents live shows, conducts informative tours, and hosts exhibits. We even offer rental space for weddings, meetings and other events.
The Douglass was constructed in 1921 by Macon’s first black millionaire Charles H. Douglass, who envisioned an entertainment palace for the city’s African American community. Throughout the years, the theatre has hosted stars such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and vaudevillians Butterbean and Susie.
The theatre enjoys the distinction as the springboard for legendary soul singer Otis Redding. It has also seen the talents of James Brown, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Donald Byrd, Regina Carter and many others.
Today, the Douglass continues as a cultural and entertainment leader by presenting exciting programs– live concerts, innovative satellite broadcasts, film screenings, specialized youth initiatives and community-oriented events. Make your date at the Douglass.