528 W Tennessee St
Also known as: Leon, Campus Art
August 1955 photo from the State Archives of Florida collection.
Studio: Tallahassee Democrat
African American children at the Leon Theater in Tallahassee. Photographed between August 16-31, 1955.
Standing at the left is Preston Maddox. The adults are Mr. Stone on the left and Everett "Cousin" Kershaw. Far right sitting on edge of seat is Alvin Berrian, next to him looking at camera (2nd from right) is Edmond "Spanky" Barnes. Looking at the camera (3rd from right) is James "Meatball" Barnes. Wiping his mouth is Eddie Love. Second row, far left: Lawrence Guidry.
The Leon Theater, 500 block of West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee served the black community during segregation, from 1942 to 1967. In 1968, the Leon became the Campus Art Theater, featuring avant-garde and sexual-themed movies. In 1981, it became Randy's Campus Theater, showing a parade of X-rated films. The theater closed in 1985 and became a sanctuary for the homeless. It was later demolished in August 1996.