Playing whimsical performances that have been praised by AOL News and the Lake Oconee Breeze, the Macon Symphony Orchestra charms eardrums with contemporary gems and golden oldies of both classical and popular music. With the help of his bow-wielding compatriots, conductor John Simons will shepherd concert-goers through the symphonic frontiers of Hollywood, lassoing tunes from golden-age classics such as Gone With the Wind and modern-day hits such as Titanic.
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.
The superstars of Spike TV’s Impact Wrestling will string clotheslines across the in a night of mayhem that features the inimitable Sting, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, and a host of other head-butting heavyweights. Broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, the hit show prepares for another season of muscular tectonics by filming two upcoming episodes in front of a live audience. In more than three hours of entertainment, spandex tights will dance across the camera lens in a kaleidoscopic array as fans lend their support in the form of metal chairs and slippery banana peels. While the esteemed Mr. Anderson conducts cranium impact tests with scientific exactitude, multi-time champion Rob Van Dam bewilders his opponents with a dizzying array of martial arts and mat skills. Thankfully, the TNA Knockouts will be on hand to supplement the bruising with a lethal dose of beauty.
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.
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 ($6.50–$8.50) playing on the eight screens—including 3-D flicks ($9–$11)—taking care of any last-minute Oscar catch-up or continuing an unbroken 14-year boycott of all nominated films because of the 70th Academy Awards' snubbing of Con Air's "How Do I Live" for Best Original Song. Dip your mandibles into a large popcorn ($6), 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 rocking, 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.
Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower 6 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.
SpeedTech Auto Racing School's Rookie Rush program lets velocity cravers feast on fast-blowing air, appropriately seasoned with the rules of the road. The driving experience starts with detailed classroom instruction, during which a veteran driver imparts racing basics to students before taking them on a tour of the track in a van, demonstrating how to navigate the concrete sea without ruffling their eyebrows. Then racers hop into the driver's seat donning flame-resistant suits and Snell-certified helmets for adrenaline-brewing laps in a stock car as an instructor rides shotgun, offering tips and hand-fed marshmallows along the way. The Richmond track is a 60-foot-wide, three-quarter-mile loop featuring a front stretch of 890 feet and back straightaway of 860 feet, with 14-degree banking turns around a D-shaped oval course.