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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Nov 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Laura Tinney remembers NATIONAL HILLS ; Well, Jerry took me to our first date there to see SONG OF THE SOUTH there. On HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO he asked me to marry him after the show,and i even went into Labor there after calling Mike away from a date with Beverly we rushed to the Hospital. That was a wild night!

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

Jim Neely , doorman remembers one night a couple were leaving the show when BANG they hit the big plate glass window by the door, Our manager had moved the plant that was there just to keep someone from doing that.I told Mr.Tinney, and the next day the plant was back by the window.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

There is a scene in BILLY JACK where a local thug is getting ready to cut a woman’s bra. One time while the scene was getting ready to come on Gordon our projectionist adjusts the framing on the film to where it is above the bottom masking and WOW, there are her nipples showing Clearly. Framed back you never see them. The majic of a movie operator. I never did like BILLY JACK.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:46 am

COLUMBIA ONE and TWO THEATRES OCT.21 1977
Our District Manager Mr. Biggs has toLd the assistants must cut their time down. He stated to Mr.Tinney Charles Bruni is putting in close to 40 hours a week. {36 hours}

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro Drive-In on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:37 am

Nick, Its funny even though i was long gone from COLUMBIA SQUARE when it closed,and granted it wasn’t the same 2 theatres, 2 more added after i left. When they finally closed all they did was put CLOSED on the marquee.

For months it read CLOSED. Several times i thought about going in the theatre by a back door take enough letters and write THANKS AUGUSTA IT WAS A GOOD RUN. I am convinced no one would have said a word,but i thought about it,just like THE HILLSBORO it to deserved a better out.

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Mike Rogers commented about Stonemont Theatre on Nov 15, 2009 at 11:28 am

American Pop told the amimated story of 4 generations of men told in music ending uo in the world of psychedelic rock world. Directed by Ralph Bakshi .He was also the maker of HEAVY TRAFFIC and Fritz The Cat, both X rated when released. Standards today they would probably be R rated. Dmorg, I don’t even know if it was ever onVHS much less DVD.

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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.