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Mike Rogers commented about Stonemont Theatre on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

COLUMBIA TWO played HEROES first run ; an ABC THEATRE. I noticed on the end credits on HEROES the song CARRY ON WAYARD SON by KANSAS was in the film version because i heard it everynight walking down to check the exits. I could swear i saw HEROES on tv only it had a different music ending .like classical or something.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Before i worked at NATIONAL HILLS and had to buy a ticket i saw THE MAN THAT LOVED CAT DANCING and with a title like that no one would believe it was a pretty good western.I also saw SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE there and it too was a good movie.I had always wanted to get FIVE on a late show,but we never did. At least i don’t have it written down.

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Mike Rogers commented about Southgate Cinema on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

SOUTHGATE CINEMA August 2 1975
In the final week of THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER shows at 3:00 5:00 7:00 and 9:00

Feb. 26 1975 Southgate is playing THE FRONT PAGE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

NOV. 17 1974 WEIS DRIVE IN is spending a few bucks on a nice size ad for THREE THE HARD WAY with Jim Brown and SUPERFLY T.N.T.
Of course THREE THE HARD WAY play at 6:30 and 10:30. with T.N.T. playing at 8:20. FREE IN CAR HEATERS. WEIS DRIVE IN ads are always larger than the HILLTOP and SKYVIEW.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

APRIL 30 1975

HILLTOP is playing a pretty decent film JACK LEMMON and WALTER MATTHAU in THE FRONT PAGE. Second feature is MY NAME IS NOBODY. both rated PG.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

FEB. 26 1975
Now showing on a cold wednesday night at the HILLTOP DRIVE IN is BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN. second feature is SUPERSTOOGES VS. THE WONDERWOMEN. both rated R. Starts at dusk.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm

AUGUST 3 1975

NOW PLAYING HILLTOP DRIVE in

RETURN TO MACON COUNTY and second feature COUNTRY BLUE .wonder where allthese old movies are today. rated PG.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Nov. 8 1974

NOW PLAYING as it read on the marquee in bright red letters

JUGGERNAUNT and second feature HARRY IN YOUR POCKET both rated PG . Starts at 6;30 pm. Juggernaunt opened at the MILLER theatre, while HARRY opened at SOUTHGATE,{i saw it at Southgate}

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Nov.6 1977

BOBBY DEERFIELD is still doing pretty good business. I will be surprized if we don’t get it. {it never played at COLUMBIA 1 and 2}

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

COLUMBIA TWO Feb. 24 1980

Well, we got it what Mr.Tinney really didn’t want a film about a GAY killer or a killer of GAYS and can you believe it AL PACINO is the star. CRUISING is not a Columbia County movie or for that fact an Augusta movie. IT has special warning about the subject matter discretion is urged for younger audiences.

I have seen parents bring kids to R rated ,but what kind of parent would bring a child to this? {2009- it did do okay, but not a long run}.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

COLUMBIA TWO we have LOGAN’S RUN. Picked it up from MASTERS 4. I guess one day i will get over us getting their films. Doesn’t seem to bother anyone else. I am not impressed with this flick.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro III Theatres on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Like i said earlier i can not believe a major chain doing such a thing. Yeah, Drive-ins would break in on the sound during the second feature to announce the food stand was closing. Never heard of such a thing. Has anyone else?

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

In 1973 PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID does great business. HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER also played there, but it was BONNIE and CLYDE that really sold tickets.The Projectionist,Bill Barkley said when he first saw this film it like something he had never seen before with all the films he had played. He was so impressed he put together a book covering this epic film. To Bill, politics once again in the OSCARS kept BONNIE and CLYDE from Best Picture.
Bill told me IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was nowhere in league with BEATTY and DUNAWAY.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Yes,the theatre took three rows at least off the back house right side for sound and video production.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

1974 I was happy Mr.Mackey booked A MAN CALLED HORSE for a late show he asks me often about what to play on our late shows.So far i am batting close to 100% Chewy doesn’t care and he should take more interest since he is the head doorman.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I just dropped by and caught TAXI DRIVER playing {IMPERIAL} I have heard alot of people upset with the violence. I thought DEATH WISH was violent,but this is rough.And the lanuage.I think this movie must have came close to getting an X rating. I don’t think this could play at my place.{COLUMBIA 1 and 2}.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Bill, I left a comment on the 200 highest grossing theatres.A little insight from the theatre business.

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Mike Rogers commented about TOP 200 USA GROSSING MOVIE THEATERS: Anybody have such a list? on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I knew several managers that would resale tickets not to mention how many doormen and box office girls would do the same thing. 99% of the time they don’t want the stub anyways.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm

COLUMBIA ONE we open to pretty good crowds with CAPRICORN ONE. It was about a fake landing on Mars. I enjoy sitting down in slow periods and watching it. { years later i met HAL HOLBROOK a co star in the movie and asked him about it.He could not remember what i was asking about.Goes to show you. For an actor it is hit your mark and say your lines. The fans expect so much it seems.}

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

COLUMBIA ONE we open to pretty good crowds with CAPRICORN ONE. It was about a fake landing on Mars. I enjoy sitting down in slow periods and watching it. { years later i met HAL HOLBROOK a co star in the movie and asked him about it.He could not remember what i was asking about.Goes to show you. For an actor it is hit your mark and say your lines. The fans expect so much it seems.}

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Mike Rogers commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm

WHITE LIGHTING plays here i it saw with my best friend PERRY DUGGAR. His mom a fine southern church going lady took Perry,his sister and older brother to DANIEL VILLAGE to see the movie PAINT YOUR WAGON. She thought the GP RATING was for kids. I ended up explaining to her that GP is not for kids. I bet was 12 at the time.Some things you never forget.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

DEATHRACE 2000 has kicked butt.It is a ROGER CORMAN film and these West Augusta moviegoers are eating it up. It just seems like it outta be at WEIS CINEMAS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro III Theatres on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

FIRST INDOOR – OUTDOOR COMPLEX IN FLORDIA

Tampa- FLORDIA STATE THEATRES is building Flordia’s indoor- outdoor theatre complex by adding a 1.000 seat theatre on a site adjacent to the HILLSBORO DRIVE – IN. The new theatre will known has the HILLSBORO ONE.

When its indoor half is ready for operation next summer, the drive-in will be renamed the HILLSBORO TWO .IT is on the Hillsborough ave. near Dale Marby Highway.

The indoor theatre , designed by Jacksonville architect Robert Broward,will incorporate all the latest theatre items.And Design. It will be able to show virtually every size and type of motion picture being produced.

Bob Harris, FST District manager, said that a unique traffic pattern is being worked on for the dual theatres which include a large, landscaped and brightly lighted parking area for the HILLSBORO ONE without interfering with operation of its outdoor counterpart.

The drive – in , built in 1941 as Tampa’s first outdoor theatre will be remodeled before the indoor theatre is open.

From BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE Southeast edition FEb 10 1969.

Nick, hope you enjoy this added to your GREAT article.Hope it makes up for ALL the theatre stories you help me with. Glad i save old theatre magazines, found that one in the old MILLER theatre.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I made a mistake I was fired Nov.9 1980. Glad i kept a journal.
Hey, at least i loved the business enought to jot down the 1970’s.

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Noticed in my COLUMBIA SQUARE 1 and 2 journal that WEIS DRIVE -IN is playing SIDEWINDER ONE with C.C. and COMPANY with ANN MARGRET and JOE NAMATH. Might be one time the second feature is better? C.C. released in 1969?
COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS is playing DAY and DATE with a South Augusta DRIVE-IN.