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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:10 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.}

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:06 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 2:51 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro III Theatres on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:48 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:30 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:27 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.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Just got the news we are getting “10"I hear it has an R rating. Set for COLUMBIA TWO.BO DEREK stars . I hear she is the next RAQUEL WELCH.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

COLUMBIA TWO We are getting SIDEWINDER ONE a movie about motocross. I just don’t see any business.Plus we will play day and date with the WEIS DRIVE-IN. Just why are we getting this film?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

COLUMBIA ONE we playing BREAKING AWAY which is about growing up in a small town and a bicycle race. What i see it looks like a good movie.But good movies like this hardly sell out. 1979

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

1975 Saw TAKE A HARD RIDE with Jim Brown,Yeah, It is a black film, but it is a pretty good western with Lee Van Cliff. it is doing no business.I don’t understand why everything the black filmgoer has to view is SUPERFLY.Here is a pretty good western and it is dying. The One sheet is going home with me,Great art work.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:49 am

Word is we are getting a PG version of MASH. That is right,A PG version. Will adults care or even remember the 1970 was a R RATED film. I think the first run was here. {NATIONAL HILLS]

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro III Theatres on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:45 am

Nick, Sean said screens at EVANS 14 are equipped to run 35mm or over the Digital system. I guess one day 35mm will be a thing of the past. I always enjoyed watching them build a film.any clips went in my hand. I have a BOX full. THEY have two Digital theatres.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

John Mackey has decided to show JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on our weekend late show. 1974. He might run into trouble with the churches in town,but like he said its a late show. { 2009 i think it did pretty good business}

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Mike Rogers commented about Ritz Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

Some History can be read on the PALACE THEATRE site Athens Ga. I printed several letters on both GAINSVILLE theatres. Enjoy.they date back to the 40’s.

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

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 11:07 am

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 11:05 am

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 10:58 am

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 10:50 am

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 10:37 am

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 10:35 am

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 10:15 am

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 10:09 am

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}

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

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 10:02 am

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.