On Stage and Off

Theater in Georgia

Economic Development, Realty, and Theater Homelessness

Handbill for boxing matches at the African American Strand Theatre in Albany, Georgia, to take place July 15, 1927?. The flier advertises matches between Texas Tanner and Cyclone Davis, Fighting Harrison andJack Blackburn, Kid Scaby and Straigh 8 [sic] Davis, and Bee Jackson and Kid Mitchell. The handbill promises one of the best matches ever seen in Albany.
Handbill for boxing matches at the African American Strand Theatre in Albany, Georgia, to take place July 15, 1927?. The flier advertises matches between Texas Tanner and Cyclone Davis, Fighting Harrison andJack Blackburn, Kid Scaby and Straigh 8 [sic] Davis, and Bee Jackson and Kid Mitchell. The handbill promises one of the best matches ever seen in Albany.
Handbill for boxing matches at the African American Strand Theatre in Albany, Georgia, to take place July 15, 1927?. The flier advertises matches between Texas Tanner and Cyclone Davis, Fighting Harrison andJack Blackburn, Kid Scaby and Straigh 8 [sic] Davis, and Bee Jackson and Kid Mitchell. The handbill promises one of the best matches ever seen in Albany.
Handbill for boxing matches at the African American Strand Theatre in Albany, Georgia, to take place July 15, 1927?. The flier advertises matches between Texas Tanner and Cyclone Davis, Fighting Harrison andJack Blackburn, Kid Scaby and Straigh 8 [sic] Davis, and Bee Jackson and Kid Mitchell. The handbill promises one of the best matches ever seen in Albany.

Even before facing competition from the film industry, most American theaters struggled to remain financially solvent. But as traditional stage productions gave way to moving picture shows, theaters in Georgia faced widespread closure and forced relocation. Accidental fires and racially targeted arson destroyed some theaters that were already at risk. Other venues took steps to survive by looking for new revenue or sharing stages with struggling theater groups. After a century of widespread financial uncertainty, some theaters turned to the work of restoration and preservation, ensuring that historic sites would have a long-standing future.