This building was built around 1900. Bricked up arched openings on the south side of the building indicate that it was not originally constructed as a movie theater. However, records indicate that it was operating as a theater owned by Mr. Clio McCrory in 1939. It continued to operate as a movie theater until it closed in 2013. The Thomasville Theater is a contributing property to the Thomasville Historic District that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
During mid-year 2023, the current owner, Scott Lewis, started an extensive renovation of the theater building. Lewis is the general manager of Lewis Pest Control and the owner of a general contracting business. He has made several investments in Thomasville by renovating buildings. Lewis’s goal for renovation of the old Thomasville theater building is to maintain a vintage style movie theater that has state-of-the art sound and visual equipment.
The Thomasville Theater building is located on West Front Street in downtown Thomasville (31.912605,-87.735768 – Google Maps).
Sources: 1) NRHP “Thomasville Historic District” Registration Form; 2) The Thomasville Times, January 10, 2024 edition, “Movie theater under renovation in Thomasville” by Josh Mitchell.