WATCH DeSoto celebrates Birthday with re-creation of iconic photo

August 5, 2019–8:35 p.m.


It was 1939 all over again on Broad Street Monday afternoon.

Area residents gathered in front of the Historic DeSoto Theatre to re-create a famous photo, which showed Romans lined up to see the premiere of Gone With The Wind 80-years ago.

Many of those in attendance were wearing the fashions of the era.

The photo was a part of the 90th Birthday Celebration for the DeSoto, which opened ten years before the Gone With The Wind premiere.

The theater began as one of the few “talkie” movie theaters in the south.

Since then it has been home to the Rome Little Theater and there are big plans for the future.

The photos taken Monday will be on display at the theater.

The photo re-creation was followed by a “Party Like it’s 1929” reception and celebration ceremony, which included some words from Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation and City of Rome officials.

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