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Mike Rogers commented about Carolina Theatre on Nov 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I am working up a history on the JOY DRIVE IN and HERDERSONVILLE OUTDOOR CINEMA and hope to have them on CT soon. I would wish some folks in this area would add personal stories that I really can’t since i never lived there.

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Mike Rogers commented about Heaven's Gate Memories And Theater Info on Nov 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

WE played HEAVEN’S GATE at COLUMBIA TWO theatre in Augusta, Ga. It played in 35 mm. It only played a week or two.What saw it looked like a great David lean type of film. I somwhow decided to keep the one sheet. YEARS later i met Kris Kristofferson and he gladly autograph a SEMI-TOUGH one sheet. I thought later,Man, I should have dug up that HEAVEN’S GATE one sheet.

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Mike Rogers commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Nov 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

If they saw it in 70mm they saw it at NATIONAL HILLS in AUGUSTA .It is on cinema tresures.

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Mike Rogers commented about Paoli Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

IN 1956 THE PAOLI DRIVE IN parked 310 cars and was owned by E.L. Ornstein.

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Mike Rogers commented about Winkler Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

IN the late 50’s THE WINKLER DRIVE IN parked 400 cars and was owned by C.C. Ezell. A man that owned quite a few Drive ins in that Texas City.

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Mike Rogers commented about Airline Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

The AIRLINE DRIVE IN in 1956 parked 600 cars and at that time it was owned by LONE STAR THEATRES.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hempstead Road Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Okay the HEMPSTEAD parked 750 cars in 1956 and was owned by C.C. EZELL and assoc.

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Mike Rogers commented about King Center Twin Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

IN 1956 it parked 900 cars and was owned by JEFFERSON AMUSEMENT CO.

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Mike Rogers commented about New Albany Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Matt, in 1956 it was owned by S. Baird.

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Mike Rogers commented about Clarksville Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm

MORE on the CLARKSVILLE DRIVE-IN in 1956 parked 548 cars and was owned by Switow Circuit.

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Mike Rogers commented about Foothill Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Here is an update on the FOOTHILL DRIVE IN. It parked in 1956 700 cars, so it must have lost some spots. It was owned by Lesile C. Tharp. by Co-op Theatres Inc.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm

The more i think about it I wished this was listed as COLUMBIA ONE and TWO theatres because all my history was of those two nice theatres not the hatchit job Georgia Theatres did when they ruined the place, Or United Artists theatres one of the two.

By that time, no one cared. I have stuff when was tripled I could put on , but I am going to do it.I was gone when Plitt sold out. That is when it really became about how many people can we squeeze in here with lousy screens and dim lit movies becuse they wanted every penny out of a bulb. They put four screens in. To heck with a good film presentation, that pretty much went out in the Mid to late 70’s. Ask anyone in management at that time.

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Mike Rogers commented about Peach Orchard Theatres on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

While KING KONG is on its last 12 days WEIS opens with THE JOY OF LETTING GO. How a theatre could go from big paramount pictures to X rated fare i could not understand. Did that side of Augusta demand such trash. You never saw it on the West side of town. Of course, it is playing at the WEIS DRIVE IN and WEIS CINEMA CENTRE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Cinema Triple on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

SASQUATCH not that anyone could care came through this town in 1977. Winter 1977. Augusta, Aiken, and yes, Barnwell.

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Mike Rogers commented about Cinema Triple on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Well, THE CINEMA is playing day and date with COLUMBIA ONE in Augusta with SASQUATCH a movie about Bigfoot. It might sell on this side of the river, but i predict a quick death at COLUMBIA ONE. heck it is just finishing a run at the SOUTHHILL DRIVE IN in Barnwell, S.C. a new theatre like COLUMBIA ONE SHOULD NOT be picking up product from a run down drive in in Barnwell!

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

COLUMBIA ONE must be cursed so far we have had three bad films NICKELODEON , BITTERSWEET LOVE and SASQUATCH. Lots of empty seats.
COLUMBIA TWO solid hit…..A STAR IS BORN. and the Theatres aren’t 4 months yet.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

COLUMBIA ONE Man, we just got rid of a dog, BITTERSWEET LOVE and we are playing Day and Date with the CINEMA in Aiken,S.C. and i can’t believe it…SASQUATCH..A stinking movie about Bigfoot. Heck, right now it is playing at that “wonderful” drive-in the SOUTH HILL drive in in Barnwell,S.C, I can’t believe such booking.People on this side of town do not want Bigfoot movies. And it is rated G.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Nov 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm

COLUMBIA ONE Well, Just heard we are getting BITTERSWEET LOVE a movie about two teens falling in love only to find out the are half brother and sister. So far the selection of movies for this new theatre has not been good. {see opening movie posted above}

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Mike Rogers commented about Cinema Triple on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

SEPT. 10 1971

NOW PLAYING …….SHAFT…RATED R. Starting next Thursday LITTLE BIG MAN …Rated GP.

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Mike Rogers commented about Fox Drive-In on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:53 am

Now Playing at THE FOX DRIVE-IN

BORIS KARLOFF in one of his last films CAULDRON OF BLOOD with a secon hit CRUCIBLE OF HORROR Now! SHOWS EVERY NIGHT at dusk.
Rated GP

Now Playing ……Sunday…VALDEZ IS COMING and second hit BLOOD AND LACE. rated PG.

SEPT. 10 1971

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Mike Rogers commented about Mark I Theatre on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

NOW PLAYING MARK 1

SEPT. 10 1971 …SUMMER OF 42. SHOWS at 7 & 9 pm. Admission is $1.50.

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Mike Rogers commented about Thomson Twin Cinema on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

SEPT. 10 1971 THE MARTIN THEATRE is playing

GEORGE PEPPARD in THE EXECUTIONER rated GP , They ran a late show at 10 pm.Pretty early for a late show,but it is a small town.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:38 am

When this happened at the Imperial it was first run 1970. That must have been wild, all of a sudden PATTON!

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Mike Rogers commented about Belvedere Cinema on Nov 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

An opening this month or early March is the target for the new BELVEDERE CINEMA in the Belvedere Shopping center. The Brick and steel theatre is being constructed by Mack Stewart. Percy Osteen will lease and manage Anderson’s new movie house.

BOXOFFICE FEB. 10 1969

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Mike Rogers commented about Dr. Phibes rises once again at the Colonial Theatre Spooktacular on Nov 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

NICK, I have it on display downstairs in my theatre great room in an old one sheet frame from the IMPERIAL.