Video Archives

Do You Remember? The Ritz Theatre, Conversation Recorded February 5, 2019 at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum

Do You Remember? The Ritz Theatre is a continuation of our popular panel conversation format piloted in 2018; this edition focuses on the Ritz Theatre. The Ritz Theatre was operated by Interstate Enterprises, which managed several theaters in the region such as the Rose Theatre, The Mode, and more. The Ritz Theatre served African-American community members during the era of segregation and operated from the mid-1930’s until the late 1970s. Like the other Interstate theaters, the Ritz was given a name containing only four letters. The Ritz often showed second run films, repeating releases from years prior, and thrillers. The Ritz was demolished around 1980 and today, the location of the former theater hosts the City’s amphitheater, which is named in honor of the theatre.

Do You Remember? Sunnyland Annual Meeting, January 27, 2019

Do You Remember? Sunnyland is a continuation of our popular panel conversation format piloted in 2018; this edition will focus on the operations and evolution of Sunnyland Meat Packing Co., which was a major employer in the Thomasville and Thomas County community for several decades. Locally owned and operated by members of the Roberts, and later, the Harvard families, Sunnyland’s impact on the community was widespread.

2018 Year in Review

We invite you to take a moment to look back at 2018 and join us in celebrating all that we accomplished.

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

A look back at the Interstate Enterprise theaters in south Georgia. Images and artifacts from the collections of the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

Do You Remember? The Interstate Enterprises Theaters The Rose, Mode, HIWA, Ritz, and more

Panel discussion held on September 25, 2018 featuring Barbara Clinebell, Alice Dickey, and Gary Westberry at the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Rose Show, Panel

Panel discussion held on April 27, 2018 in honor of the Rose Show & Festival featuring Rose Queen 1949 Jane Jay Still, Rose Queen 1958 Celia Chesnut Lockerman, Ruth Willett, Paul Hjort, and Tom Faircloth at the Thomasville History Center. 

Do You Remember? The Rose Show

Slideshow of past Rose Show parades, blooms, and pageants.

Thomasville, City of Roses

Promotional video of Thomasville, Georgia. Produced and directed by Don Parrisher.  1951.

Where the Roses Reign

Promotional video for Thomasville, Georgia. Produced and directed by John King, Jr.  1963.

Thomasville Horse & Goat Show, 1935

Video of a horse and goat show in Thomasville, Georgia in 1935. Unknown production credits.  1935.