In its heyday, the theatre was part of the Theatre Owners Booking Association, one of 40 theatres that served as an agency for many African American artists and performers, and was a featured location in the groundbreaking Green Book guide.
The theatre was also the location of a regular talent show where a young Otis Redding was discovered and responsible for the opportunity given to the ‘Dean of Macon Music,’ Newt Collier! Newt began playing professionally with The Pinetoppers, the original band backing Otis. He then went on to join Sam and Dave, best known for their 1967 Grammy award-winning song “Soul Man.”
The theatre remains open today for many public and private events, serves as the viewing venue for the Macon Film Guild and is available for touring! Visit the historic Douglass Theatre on your next visit to Macon, Georgia and experience its deep legacy for yourself!