The DeSoto turns 90 today. Activities include staging the photo taken nine decades ago, a look at the theater’s first ‘talkie’ and a preview of the locally produced ‘Tate’s Hell.’

The DeSoto turns 90 today. Activities include staging the photo taken nine decades ago, a look at the theater’s first ‘talkie’ and a preview of the locally produced ‘Tate’s Hell.’

The historic DeSoto Theatre celebrate 90 years. On Monday, there will be a photo recreation of the opening of the DeSoto 90 years ago at 5 p.m. (see above image) Following that, patrons are invited inside the theater for refreshments and a brief ceremony by City of Rome officials and Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation’s board members and supporters.

After the ceremony, attendees can watch a short clip of the first movie ever shown at the DeSoto, the “talkie” The Rainbow Man, the highlight of the DeSoto’s opening day in 1929.

The theater has remained in continued operations since that day. The evening will conclude with a sneak preview of “Tate’s Hell,” a film by local film producer and director Seth Ingram. All events are free to the public. Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.

A reminder: Guided tours are also offered today by Selena Tilley at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

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