Columbia Square Cinemas

4020 Washington Road,
Augusta, GA 30907

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

thanks James.I think about it every time I drive by.David Hyatt might the manager you are thinking about,he managed the MODJESKA and Miller Theatres Too Downtown.It was a Beautiful Twin Theatre wish you could have caught a flick there then.

Greenwood Brave
Greenwood Brave on March 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Mike Rogers and All,
thanks for the info. I was born in 1977 and lived off Columbia Rd 1979-1995. I remember going to the dollar theater a lot in the 1990s. I walked there some. I remember it being 4 theaters. It is my all time favorite theater. A schoolmate at Augusta Christian’s grandpa ran it for a while. I loved going there and went a few times in late 90s when I visited my grandparents. I was sad when it closed. It looks so much different now. I miss it and have great wonderful memories and have dreamed of it some.

Thanks again for all the interesting info.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Mr.Adams our Projectionist favorite Star Dolly Parton in “NINE TO FIVE” everytime that title song came on he blasted the song in the Booth.Starts Dec 19 1980 for a big Christmas Movie.Large Crowds.Playing in Columbia One, Columbia Two has “SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES”.not too bad for the Holidays.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Rather odd Title, “September 30. 1955” I think it was about James Dean.It played a week and was history.It played on Sept 15 1978 in Columbia One. “Eyes of Laura Mars” is doing good. “REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER” is next for Columbia One.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

March 16 1979 “RICHARD PRYOR LIVE” dies pretty good for our side of town, I was surprized to say the least.Columbia Two.

Feb 16 1979 “LORD OF THE RINGS” one week only in Columbia Two and another Horrible horror movie, “THE LAST WAVE” in Columbia One.

Jan 26 1979 and “MAGIC” is doing great in COLUMBIA TWO. “DEATH ON THE NILE” plays in Columbia one.

Nov 18 1977 and “TAXI DRIVER” and “EASY RIDER” are our late shows.AT Columbia 1 and 2 Theatres.

October 28 1977 and Columbia One has 3rd run I am sure on “CARRIE” and Columbia Two has “OH,GOD”.

June 17 1977 Columbia One has “BRIDGE TOO FAR”.I heard when it shipped down to the IMPERIAL the relief projectionist dropped a reel.
“THE DEEP” is doing Good In Columbia Two.

Sorta Out Of Order, “BRUBAKER” opens on COLUMBIA ONE, July 18 1980.

June 6 1980 Columbia One has “THE FOG” and “URBAN COWBOY” is doing okay in COLUMBIA TWO.

Feb,3 1977 the very old Peter Sellers Flick.“WHERE DOES IT HURT” becomes basically a filler.Columbia One. Rated R.I don’t have any idea why we were running Barbara Streiand in “FOR PETE’S SAKE” for a late show,Very stupid,unless we were hoping for the “STAR IS BORN” crowd.Very Bad Late show.

Columbia One has sneak preview of “BREAKING AWAY” on Sept 28 1979.

Nov 2 1979 and I can’t Believe THIS!!! We are playing the X -rated “STORY OF O” in Columbia One while “10” is going on its Fifth week in Columbia Two.I Played an X and don’t remember it.

June 10 1977 Columbia One is Playing “JAWS” Great film,but man will it ever leave.And “THE DEEP” is Next.

BIG RADIO promotion Big Gus Radio WGUS is giving away a motor cycle for the movie “VIVA KNIEVEL” in Columbia One, June 10 1977.Big GUS and WBBQ were two grat stations for promotions,something you NEVER hear of anymore.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I worked a lot of great movies.I worked alot of sorry movies,These are some I put on the MARQUEE.[and has i said before i did every Marquee while there} .

Nov.21 1980 Columbia One. “BLUES BROTHERS” Columbia Two “CADDYSHACK” [picked it up from REGENCY MALL}

Sept.26 1980 “HOPSCOTCH” Columbia One

June 13 1980 Columbia One “WHOLLY MOSES”

Feb.22 1980 Columbia One “FOOLIN'AROUND” and The hard core R-Rated “CRUISING” with the special warning on the ads and one-sheets.

Dec 25 1979 Columbia One “MUPPET MOVIE” Columbia Two “1941”.

August 31 1979 and Columbia Two has “STARS WARS” one extra week.and “THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN” in Columbia One.

August 17 1979 “STAR WARS” special release .Fans came to see the Trailer for “EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” which Regency Mall ended up with it.Also “STAR WARS” was at the Weis Drive-in while we played it.We had hundreds of Kenner Toy Discount books to give away,wish i would have saved those.

August 17 1979 “GOLDENGIRL” plays for a very short run, A turkey.

“JUST YOU AND ME KID” opens when “STAR WARS” Ships out.

Seems like our bookers could always find that odd movie,Robin Williams in “CAN I DO IT TILL I NEED GLASSES” sold it on Mork TV Show.Rated R and lasted a week.

June 22 1979 and “LOST AND FOUND” opens in Columbia Two.

June 8 1979 ,hands down our biggest summer picture,“THE IN -LAWS” opens for a FIVE week run. in Columbia One.“CHOMPS” plays to the kids in Columbia Two.

Make my Day!!! CLINT EASTWOOD in “DIRTY HARRY” and “THE ENFORCER"Opens May 18 1979 in Columbia Two. The Box Office and Concessionstand Girls did the reports those nights I was There.I was on the Backrow watching Clint.

May 18 1979 and Columbia One is playing a most horrible film. “ENCOUNTER WITH DISASTER” rated PG.

April 6 1979 has “THE BELL JAR” in COLUMBIA ONE.suppose to be a good flick,but i by-pass it.

June 13 1980

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

tracyp.waiting on those Columbia 1 and 2 photos!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Thanks Nick.I forgot I had sent that one.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Just a footnote: They sold ALOT of tickets that night protesting.Which was their right to do.We did preview it before release date to Priests,rabbis and ministers.

Nunzienick on November 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Problem with link above for “Oh God!” This link should work:
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Nunzienick on November 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

City manager Jerry Tinney and wife Laura:
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Nunzienick on November 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Columbia Square I & II makes the Associated Press when showing of “Oh God!” is picketed on Sunday, October 23, 1977. Photo from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Yes,we played “JAWS” third or fourth run.After it played the IMPERIAL it was shipped to MASTERS 4 {MASTERS VALUE CINEMAS ON CT}.It played in the big screen in COLUMBIA 1.I think I have the newspaper ad somewhere.Yes,please post any of the COLUMBIA 1 and 2 Theatre pictures.I hate the COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS name,but it was twin when I was there.AND A DANG FINE TWIN.

tracyp on October 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

I’m enjoy reading all the post here! Brings back a lot of great memories! This weekend I am going to go out to my shed and pull out all the pictures I took the night Columbia 1 and 2 closed. I remember going through there with a fine tooth comb taking every picture I could, even the bathroom! I will post them asap!
I remember living just across the street from Columbia 1 and 2 and walking to see Jaws when it was re-released. I saw it at the Imperial in 1975 but I can’t remember the re-release date. Wasn’t it 1977 just before Jaws 2 or something like that? I do know it was before they chopped it up into small screens.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

“NASTY HABITS” opens at Columbia 1,we thought we might have protests with the Catholic Church,but it played a few weeks before shipping out with no problems and Bad Box Office.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

And it turns my stomach to read it was a GEORGIA THEATRE at the end,Please no more.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I have the article posted above somewhere that Alonzo writes about.As I said earlier in posts it was never same when those two large twin theatres were made into quads.

jeterga on September 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

Augusta’s last “dollar theater” has announced it will close after 25 years.

Columbia Theaters, located in the Columbia Square shopping center, will fire up its final screening.

The theater, owned by Georgia Theater Company of Saint Simon’s Island, Ga., is the city’s second second-run movie theater to close in as many weeks. General Cinema Corp.’s Regency Exchange 8, located behind Regency Mall, shut down after 13 years in South Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I am long gone but playing here is “SWEET LIBERTY”, and “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES 3”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Robin.Met a lady the other night and heard me talking about the theatres,She said she worked with you and Diane at Columbia Sq,Or National Hills.She remembered your parties at National Hills,her name was Anne.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Hey,you need to go to IMPERIAL and National Hills .Read what was left.I told them I will respect their wishes.

robinmitcham on July 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I was lucky enough to work kids shows with him there…:)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Robin, You never worked at COLUMBIA 1 and 2 Did you.Probably didn’t want to see Mr.Anderson

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Now Showing at Columbia Square Cinemas,It is sadly no longer,Columbia 1 and 2 theatres.

“MISCHIEF” rated R
“BEVERLY HILLS COP” Rated R Feb.27 1985.