The Garden Theater (1918-2004)
CHARLESTON, SC — Thank you to the Friends of the Garden Theater for your efforts to save the Garden as a theater. Thanks to Cinema Treasures for providing a place to post notices and news. Thanks to the many fine folks who responded to our posts.
The scheduled meeting for June 17, 2004, has been cancelled due to recent developments. Yesterday, we were told by workmen at the theater that the curtain, seats, and rigging have been donated to an opera company in Pennsylvania and the floor is soon to be leveled from the stage to the rear wall of the auditorium so that the space can be leased to a retail store.
The facade and much of the interior detail will remain but the days of the Garden as an active theater are over. There is much I could say about historic preservation, community identity, and personal courage but anyone involved with grass roots efforts to save a small local historic theater has already heard it or thought it.
So, I invite everyone to pour a glass of wine tonight and toast the glorious memories of their favorite theater. I’ll be raising my glass in honor of a fine old vaudeville and movie house that served generations in this community.
To the Garden Theater of Charleston, Cheers! You served us well.