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Mike Rogers commented about Royal Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Okay, Go to PALACE THEATRE in Athens, Ga. There you will go back to 1944 or earlier and read what was going on here and in Athens.I know during the 40’s ERNEST WOODS was the manager.I got letters to prove it.

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Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

These letters were found by me in the old MILLER theatre in Augusta. I have too many to print and most are hard to read. But Ernest and T.O. had some good old letters.

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Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

More letters from the DISTRICT MANAGERS DESK of the Palace Theatre in Athens.

Mr. Ernest Woods
Royal theatre
Gainsville,Ga.

Dear Mr. Woods.
Each week your reports are coming in three cents postage due. This causes a delay in us getting them. Please check your postage befor mailing them.So we will avoid a delay.

Kindest Regards.

Very truly yours
T.O. Tabor
District Manager Palace .

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Another Mr.Tabor letter from the desk of the PALACE.

Mr. Ernest Woods
Lucas and Jenkins Theatres
Gainsville,Ga.

Dear Ernest.

Sometime shortly the great movie “WILSON” will be booked in Gainsville. I have gotten information that two of President Wilson’s children were born in Gainsville. This information i am sur you will use in your exploitation of this picture when it is booked there.

Yours very cordially
T.O. Tabor jr.
District Manager Palace theatre

August 17 1944

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm

ANOTHER IN the exciting Letters of Mr. Tabor

Mr. Ernest Woods
Royal Theare
Gainsville,Ga.

Dear Mr. Woods:
on my return to Athens found a letter awaiting me from the Public Health. stating they had checked the STATE and RITZ theatres and giving us hell, which was entirely in line. On the way we are handling POPCORN at both these theatres. They state that anyone can reach in with their hands. I am asking you to install any glass in doors or at sides that might be out. Also the popcorn pots must be cleaned and kept in that condition.

Until you put both of these machines in shape I am going to ask you that you make no further sales of popcorn.

Very truly yours
T.O. Tabor Jr.
District Manager
May 22 1944

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Ernest Woods was the City Manager of THE ROYAL THEATRE in Gainsville .GA. It also inclueded THE RITZ and STATE THEATRES.

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Mike Rogers commented about Palace Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Here is a letter typed Oct.31 1943 to Mr.Tabor.PALACE THEATRE Athens,Ga.

Dear Mr. Tabor,
I am planning on going to Atlanta on Wednesday of the coming week and if it meets with your approval I would like very much to go from Atlanta to Macon on Thursday. I will be back on Thursday night.

With kindest regards and best wishes ,

Very truly yours,
ERNEST WOODS

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Masters Value Cinemas 7 on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm

1977 MacArthur opens with Gregory Peck at Masters 4. I had hoped we would get it. I did see it there and it was a cheap rip off no where near PATTON.It never came to COLUMBIA 1 and 2 theatres.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm

1976 FAMILY PLOT opens at the IMPERIAL.IT is an ALFRED HITCHCOCK movie so there will be a built in crowd.I think it would do great at NATIONAL HILLS,but like LEWIS keeps saying he needs something beside SHAFT movies. {2009 sadly it was HITCHCOCK’s last movie and it did not live up to his standards. BRUCE DERN was great in it according Jim. {JIM NEELY DOORMAN and big Bruce Dren fan}

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

HOOPER opens at the IMPERIAl and does okay but it is not SMOKEY. 1978 .

1978 A REMAKE OF OZ? Something called THE WIZ is coming To the IMPERIAL. You can bet i won’t be there.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm

HOOPER opens at the IMPERIAl and does okay but it is not SMOKEY. 1978 .

1978 A REMAKE OF OZ? Something called THE WIZ is coming To the IMPERIAL. You can bet i won’t be there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Well, I saw DELIVERANCE and thought that would do it violence wise, but we picked up {I THINK FROM MASTERS 4 } MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and i could not believe the graphic scenes in this movie. Playing in COLUMBIA ONE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm

COLUMBIA TWO We have SGT.PEPPER and man the only good thing is STEVE MARTIN. I am pushing him on the marquee.

COLUMBIA TWO don’t like picking up second run from WEIS CINEMAS but HEAVEN CAN WAIT is a great movie.My mom loves it and she can’t stand movies today with the bad lanuage.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Southside Cinema on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

ED. I found this under CINEMA TREASURES NEED MORE INFO ON THIS….
IT has army bases which i had forgot about FORT GORDON.It had an old white theatre my dad showed me . Fort Gordon Had Two new ones.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm

1977 something called BAKER’S HAWK is coming to COLUMBIA ONE. It is some G RATED nature film.Come on guys.HECK, I should have stayed at NATIONAL HILLS. I really don’t want some of the trash WEIS plays but man.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Miller Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Mike D. i have just about wrote all i can on the Imperial NATIONAL HILLS and COLUMBIA 1 and 2. I did get a set of blueprints from the MILLER when we were cleaning it up in the 80’s for the ballet.I could not see throwing them away.I told TIM CAMPBELL at the IMPERIAL when i locate them in a basement ful of theatre stuff I want the MILLER to have them.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm

TIME CAPSULE in front of NATIONAL HILLS placed 1966 opened 1996.Bill Barkley was the only rep. from our theatre era. Bill saw it open.He videotaped it i am sure,but we let him down even yours truly did not make it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Theater on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm

The Drive in in THOMSON was called THE MELODY DRIVE IN no REBEL DRIVE IN. My mistake.

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Mike Rogers commented about Florida Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

You know as i posted onCOLUMBIA SQUARE we played WAIT UNTIL DARK at COLUMBIA TWO. I can’t remember why, unless we were tying it in to some movie or star.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro Eight Cinemas on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:47 am

A paying customer should not have to even think about having to walk upstairs. Hey. it was CARMIKE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Modjeska Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

I have added history of the MODJESKA in Augusta.For you info.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:33 am

1977 CHRISTMAS PARTY and SEMI-TOUGH Party. At the IMPERIAL.Large group from all our theatres except ME. The conessionstand was full of food and drinks. I must have been on a date with Bev.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:28 am

Everyone is excited about THE SWARM coming to the IMPERIAL. Hey, I just saw the trailer and man this thing is lousy. About killer bees hasn’t this been done by ROGER CORMAN? We are talking WARNER BROTHERS. Micheal Caine stars.Boy, he will be big pull down town.

{2009 THE SWARM died a quick death. About as bad as Billy Jack fare.}

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:22 am

MR.Jordan wants me to dress up like CAPTAIN MARVEL and promote his late shows here at the IMPERIAl.

Tommy Capers called and said he is upset he did not get more than $ 2.75 an hour.He said Mr.Helms was the reason. He is not only the Assistant Manager at the IMPERIAL,but Mr.Tinney has him closing up the late shows at NATIONAL HILLS. Charles got the right idea and quit.

Saw GREY LADY DOWN at the IMPERIAL. Great movie,WRONG THEATRE.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

FROM MY ABC PLITT THEATRE JOURNAL

1975 We are shipping BARRY LYNDON to Southgate Cinema. I do not see how that side of town will watch that movie. It opened here at the IMPERIAL first run. And i never did get downtown to see it.