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Wayne Theatre

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1926; 1949 alterations. 521 W. Main St.

Designed for live performances and motion pictures, this two-story Georgian Revival theater has a central projecting bay outlined by brick quoins, an elaborate modillion cornice, a pediment, and a parapet surmounted by urns. A pair of round-arched green and blue stained glass multipane windows illuminates the upper level. The recessed central entrance with double pairs of French doors is sheltered by a metal marquee and flanked by doors topped by pediments on bracketed consoles. A formerly separate smaller building on the east side was incorporated as a wing. Silent films were accompanied by music played on the theater's organ until an “RCA talking machine” was installed in 1928. The Wayne continued in operation as a movie theater until the 1990s. Now owned by the City of Waynesboro, it serves as a local performing arts center.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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