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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.

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
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.}

Mike Rogers
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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

FROM MY ABC THEATRE FILM DIARY 1977

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is next weeks NATIONAL HILLS late show.But they still have FRITZ THE CAT on the Bottom part of marquee. I pointed it out to Charles and he told me"I DO NOT GIVE A DAMN" He told me that !

I see JUNGLE BOOK is set to play here.Saw it right here as a kid First run at NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE.

1977

THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME. WE could call it theSOUND REMAINS THE SAME. More sound problems on this.SO bad Charles had to call two cops to deal with two late show moviegoers. All this over sound. Why can’t we just go back to plain old movies.

The next weekend Mr.Jordan was out of town and Charles ask me to come up to NATIONAL HILLS to help him again he feared sound problems on THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME. We simply put up a sign on the box office explaining the Sound may not be 100%. WE had no trouble AT ALL !

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

Well. over beers Tommy Capers tells me John Mackey since Mr.Davis.NATIONAL HILLS Always seemed to have good men there until the last year or so.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:58 am

STILL MORE FROM MY 1977 ABC PLITT THEATRE JOURNAL.

Well, i am back on the marquee friday.Seems their usher was slow thursday that the road marquee did not get changed. I ended up taking care of it for Mr.Jordan. I could do a great Marquee on the theatre and have plenty of time for the Road Marquee. They do not care.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

NATIONAL HILLS 1977

{ in 2009 i hate to post this } NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE is now one of the worst theatres in Augusta.It hurts to say that! After i left NATIONAL HILLS for COLUMBIA SQUARE I had everything in order. I walked upstairs after seeing Mr.Pete and peeked in the FURANCE/POSTER/ MARQUEE LETTER ROOM. Boy, MArquee letters ,posters thrown all over the floor!IT looks like a stinking fire hazard. A DUMP.
Even the MARQUEE in front of the theatre i counted several misspelled words. And this is NATIONAL HILLS the theatre that prides itself on being Augusta’s best.It is clearly a management problem.