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The Douglass Theatre Celebrates 100 years!

Restored to its original splendor, The Douglass lives again.

Established in 1921, the Douglass Theatre hosted early jazz and blues greats such as Otis Redding, Bessie Smith, James Brown, Ma Rainey and Little Richard while running popular feature length films and serials.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of this historic gem, and to celebrate, Wycliffe was commissioned to write a piece that showcases the early beginnings and the 100 years of growth that make up the rich history of this iconic building.  The piece premiered on February 17th, in a “live stream” performance featuring Wycliffe and Friends.

Now completely renovated, the Douglass Theatre hosts a variety of events including film presentations and educational performances created by local children. True to its historic reputation as a magnet for the entire community, “The Douglass” draws widely-varied audiences for its 35mm 3D, digital, limited run and premier films as well as for its world-class performance events.