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Call The Bibb Theatre Home!

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BIBB

THEATRE

In September 2018, NewTown Macon purchased the Bibb Theatre in partnership with Peyton Anderson Foundation. Peyton Anderson Foundation chose to diversify their assets by investing in the purchase and rehabilitation of this iconic downtown structure with a forward-thinking strategy known in the foundation world as a program-related investment, or PRI. This strategy and partnership will begin the process of rehabbing downtown’s last abandoned and derelict theatre.

Preliminary floor plans and structural engineering specifications have been drawn. The plans include the restoration of the interior and exterior of the building to its 1963 condition, which will include the iconic marquee. To determine a new tenant for the building, NewTown Macon will issue a Request For Proposals or RFP from local developers and entrepreneurs who are interested in leasing and operating the restored theater, including the actual business use, which could include a bar, brewery, distillery, restaurant, movie theater, or other type of entertainment venue.  

Call 478-722-9909 for more information about leasing Bibb Theatre.

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HISTORY

This historic building was constructed in 1929, and originally built for the department store giant, Montgomery Ward. The Telegraph reported that Montgomery Ward would open on February 16, 1929 in a building that had been under construction on Third Street: “The front of the new building is of a cream-colored terra cotta material trimmed with green tile castings. The interior of the establishment will be warmed by air electrically forced through radiators suspended over the goods shelves.”

In September 1930, Carter Hardware and Supply Company subleased the building. According to a Telegraph article, “several new lines will be added which were not handled at the Poplar Street store, Mr. Carter said, including house furnishing, hardware specialties, kitchen and electrical appliances, lawn and playground equipment, sporting goods and ammunition.”

According to a Telegraph article, Belle Millinery moved from 360 Broadway “into the three-story building on Third Street that was originally occupied by Montgomery Ward” in 1936. It is unclear when the transition took place between Carter Hardware and Belle Millinery, or whether there was a tenant in between.

In 1938, the building was converted in to a 450-seat theatre, that opened on December 26, 1938. Many locals remember going to see the latest films at this downtown movie house. According to an article in the Telegraph, the Bibb was opened by Fred Weiss “operator of the Savannah Theatre…in the Third Street building now housing the Belle Millinery Company.”  

The Bibb Theatre closed around 40 years ago, and the building has not been in use since. The structure has suffered serious damage and approximately ¼ of the flooring system collapsed prior to NewTown’s purchase of the building. 

Classics at the Bibb

Classics at the Bibb is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience proudly presented by a Downtown Challenge Grant. Classics at the Bibb transports you back in time to the golden age of cinema, where movies were a cherished part of our culture. Against the picturesque backdrop of the Bibb Theatre, we host outdoor screenings of beloved classic films, creating a magical atmosphere under the stars. Our mission is to celebrate the art of storytelling and bring our community closer together through the shared experience of cinema. With screenings each fall, Classics at the Bibb is a heartwarming tradition that underscores the vibrant spirit of downtown Macon. Be sure to follow us on social media to see info on the latest screenings!

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