Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
When the neon curlicues above its marquee first lit up in 1916, the Capitol Theatre promised Macon residents the finest movie-going experience available, with cozy leather seats and a gold-fiber screen. After shutting down in 1976, the theater languished for 30 years, suffering from water damage and neglect until renovation began in 2003, restoring the space to its former glory. Brass-banisters encircle the wrap-around balconies above the venue’s open floor, dotted with cabaret-style tables and seats occupied by frugal 1920s ghosts still trying to get their 15-cents worth from their original admission.
For more than two decades, Olympia Family Fun Center has helped guests young and old get their groove on with a wooden roller-skating rink, snack bar, and O-zone?an on-site dance club for teenagers. The rink's fluorescent lights and energetic, upbeat tunes keep skaters in motion as they loop around the rink, passing slower skaters and high-fiving onlookers who have really great hair.
Part of The Grand Opera House's Broadway Series, All Shook Up is a pompadoured reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night told through the familiar melodies of Elvis Presley. It recounts the tale of a guitar-playing motorcyclist who casts a spell over a tiny Midwestern town with rock, rebellion, and meticulously calculated hip gyrations, leaving a flurry of mistaken identities and love triangles in his wake. The show delights loyal subjects of the King with more than 24 popular Elvis tunes throughout, such as "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "A Little Less Conversation," and "Ed Sullivan is a Bit of a Prude." The show takes place at the historic Grand Opera House, a restored relic dating back to 1884 as a popular home for musicals, plays, and traveling vaudeville acts.
The Edge 14 theater projects new releases onto the silver screen in high style with luxurious facilities and delectable snacks. Cinephiles can choose from any of the shows playing on the eight screens—including 3-D flicks—taking care of any last minute Oscar catch-up or continuing an unbroken 14-year boycott of all nominated films due to the 70th Academy Awards' snubbing of Con Air's "How Do I Live" for Best Original Song. Dip your mandibles into a large popcorn, included with your tickets, and purchase a self-serve drink replete with free refills. Once tickets and snacks have been procured, film lovers repair to the opulent auditoriums, sinking into fully reclining seats for optimum viewing comfort or—for those who can only fall asleep when surrounded by bright lights and loud noises—a comfortable napping spot for hyper-realistic dream sequences.