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Mike Rogers commented about River Breeze Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm

HOW come someone in KNOXVILLE has not worked up an article on THE TWIN AIRE DRIVE IN in Knoxville.How could you guys forget it and i live in Georgia.

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Mike Rogers commented about Stonemont Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

THE STONEMONT 1 and 2 THEATRES had a twin sister in Martinez,Ga.{AUGUSTA} We opened Nov,1976.and there is also another ABC theatre just like COLUMBIA 1 and 2 is the CEDAR BLUFF 1 and 2 THEATRES in Knoxville,Tenn. One thing at ABC THEATRES we did not call our theatres twin theatres or cinemas. it was STONEMONT 1 and 2 or COLUMBIA 1 and 2 Or CEDAR BLUFF 1 and 2 theatres . COLUMBIA 1 and 2 is listed under COLUMBIA SQUARE CINEMAS, but we NEVER went by such a title. I was Luckly to get a seat and a piece of carpet before it was gone. SHOULD HAVE GRABBED ONE JOSEPH!

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Mike Rogers commented about Southside Cinema on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:39 pm

RAY, I noticed THE KNOX THEATRE is on CT.Might want to check it out.You might be able to add some history.I have added a lot to our Augusta theatres in the past few weeks.

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Mike Rogers commented about Knox Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I have a nose of getting closed theatres.Ten years at least i Got in through a back exit door, It was almost rotten.The theatre had been closed 5 or 6 years. I walked around,Mainly looking for one sheets. Found one.I had heard the place was a treasure of one sheets and according to a friend the owner had sold them all to someone in Jackson,S.C. I looked inside the tiny boxoffice and saw some one sheets but could not reach them. One time probably in the late 80’s i went by one evening while eating at a nearby cafe.I saw the Theatre neon lights come on.Walked across the street introduced myself and the manager or owner took me up to the booth.
There was not crusty oldman running the movies but a woman. Probably in her 70’s.Old Carbon arc projectors.20 minutes reel. She had to make change overs. The area is mainly black rural so the movie was one of those countless action kill fests. But, it had a good bright picture. I talked to someone from Warrenton and he said the theatre is being worked on.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm

March 1972. John Wayne was a great star.NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE would have been a theatre Duke would have been proud to play is pictures.In most all his Bios,he was always concerned about how his films were presented to his fans. Sadly, very few John Wayne movies played here. THE COWBOYS did get that honor to play on that big screen.THE COWBOYS played first run at NATIONAL HILLS. Glad we could do it for you Duke.

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Mike Rogers commented about Modjeska Theater on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

MODJESKA THEATRE July 26 1975 THE CHEERLEADERS which was one time RATED X is now playing with an R rating. A re-cut?

MODJESKA THEATRE Feb,26 1975 A WOMAN FOR ALL MEN. Judith Brown is THE WOMAN. with a second feature BUTTERFLY AFFAIR. Both of these “fine” films are playing day and date MODJESKA AND SKYVIEW DRIVE IN.

MODJESKA THEATRE July 2 1965 Brigitte Bardot in LA PARISIENNE and second feature YOUNG FURY.

MODJESKA THEATRE July 4 1965 Another Brigitte Bardot movie called SCHOOL FOR LOVE with a second feature HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH DISH.Adults only. 75 cents.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

July 10 1975,Big sell out for PART 2 WALKING TALL. Lighting from a bad storm hit nearby the theatre and somehow knocked the sound off to almost a whisper.If you were eating popcorn you never would have heard the movie.Luckly,the lighting hit was towards the end of the movie.no one ask for a refund.

Mr.Tinney made an ad up on YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN and put a quote from John Mackey “It is the funniest movie ever made,but you did not hear it from me.” 4th weekk run.

April 5 1975 ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.effects not good,but kids seem to like it. Remember GUS. what bad Disney movie.

1966 The second movie ever to play at NATIONAL HILLS was THE WRONG BOX with Peter Sellers.

NATIONAL HILLS April 25 1974 we have THE GREAT GATSBY and i can not wait till it leaves boring.Bad news is CONRACK is coming about a South Carolina Teacher.

NATIONAL HILLS Great to see BUTCH CASSIDY AND SUNDANCE KID back saw it in 1969 here.WE are tying it in with the STING our ad line for BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID is “ACTION WITH A STING” not bad.

NATIONAL HILLS Today 2 and 8 p.m. 70mm and sterophonic sound GONE WITH THE WIND.Reserved seats .Tickets now at the box office or by mail.Wed.MAT.$1.50 other times $2.00

NATIONAL HILLS Charles said CLOCKWORK ORANGE should do great business since the X RATED VERSION was banned in Augusta.It is on a late show.

Dec.24 1974 Charles and me pop what we believe to be a record for bagged popcorn. It is for the Christmas movie ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD.Sadly, by evening shows most of it gone.People do go to the movies on Christmas day and night.

NATIONAL HILLS CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is doing great. Charles Bruni with all the in house advertising believes it might be one of the greatest movies ever made. I saw it in Charlotte with John Mackey.

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Mike Rogers commented about Art Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:23 am

March 31 1972 the ART THEATRE is playing the Gene Hackman movie CISCO PIKE.

ART THEATRE now showing GREETINGS “an overground sex protest film.RATED X. Starts at 12:30 P.m.

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Mike Rogers commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:20 am

DANIEL VILLAGE THEATRE Sept.27 1974 GONE WITH THE WIND.shows at 2:00 and 7:00p.m.

Feb.27 1977 DANIEL VILLAGE is playing NETWORK.NICKLEDEON was moved from to COLUMBIA ONE to MASTERS 4.I bet they have it in the small house.

July 2 1965 VON RYAN’S EXPRESS is playing at DANIEL VILLAGE.

Nov. 30 1966 THE FORTUNE COOKIE IS PLAYING here and the next feature to open would be HOTEL PARADISO.

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Mike Rogers commented about Miller Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:14 am

The MILLER Theatre probably on that screen for the last time, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is playing at 1:15 4:30 and 7:50. OCT. 25 1974

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

The IMPERIAL has a Henry Winkler movie THE ONE AND ONLY a wrestling movie.HEROES did not do too bad at COLUMBIA TWO.

The IMPERIAL is having a thanksgiving ELVIS special with three hours of ELVIS movie fun.With seats 2.00 dollars.

Mr.Tinney orders hundreds of BILLY JACK hats for sale at the movie they are playing THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK. Bad thing was no one came to “COURT” the IMPERIAL. A TURKEY. THREE hours of it. I hated BILLY JACK.

APRIL 6 1972 IMPERIAL
Enter your frog in WBBQ’s MISS AMERICAN FROG CONTEST. Everyone entering a frog will recieve two passes to see the movie FROGS.

March 22 1977 IMPERIAL
Saw SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA with Beverly.I had no idea the grapic sex in the movie.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

Columbia Two still playing COMA at 7:15 and 9:15

COLUMBIA TWO THE GAUNTLET checked the old newspaper i saved and doggone it our last show was at 10:00 p.m. THOSE are GCC times.

COLUMBIA ONE we are playing the big Georgia movie SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT,but is has played all over town.

COLUMBIA TWO now here is a rather strange booking the 1967 thiller WAIT UNTIL DARK. I think it played a week.

COLUMBIA ONE the Robby Benson movie ONE ON ONE.A basketball movie of all things.not much better in COLUMBIA TWO We have SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER.

COLUMBIA ONE the guys in the booking department are driving me nuts we have THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE the story of Cinderella.THIS makesSOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND look great. At least we have a pretty decent late show tonight WHITE LINE FEVER. Some Action!

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Mike Rogers commented about Skyview Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

And what is the SKYVIEW playing for the JULY 4th weekeend? atriple feature with SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL P.T.109 and the third feature is PALM SPRINGS WWEKEND. now that is one mixed up triple feature.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

BIG 4th OF JULY MOVIE EVENT….YOUR CHEATING HEART and VIVA LAS VEGAS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Forest Hills Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

Doing up big JULY 4th weekend Big Fireworks show the movies playing are TABOOS OF THE WORLD and second feature MAN WITH X RAY EYES.Adults 75 cents kids under 12 free.

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Mike Rogers commented about Rialto Theatre on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

RIALTO THEATRE now playing on August 3 1953 THE LONE HAND with Joel McCrea with a second feature DANGER UNDER THE SEA.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

HILLTOP DRIVE IN August 3 1953 Humphrey Bogart in BATTLE CIRCUS and second feature NO TIME FOR FLOWERS with a TOM AND JERRY cartoon “THE MISSING MOUSE” with latest news reel.

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:28 am

WEIS DRIVE IN plays WHERE EAGLES DARE and a rather odd double feature,but have noticed a lot of odd double features, Second feature is BIGGEST BUNDLE OF THEM ALL..EASTWOOD and RAQUEL WELCH.only at a drive in.

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:26 am

THE WEIS DRIVE IN playing Nov.22 1974 THE STEEL EDGE OF REVENGE it was billed as a first AUGUSTA showing.EXCLUSIVE! BIG DOLL HOUSE was second feature and ARENA was third show.

April 9 1974 now playing at the WEIS DRIVE IN COCKFIGHTER and SWAMP GIRL.

WEIS DRIVE IN had first outdoor showing of TRAIL OF BILLY JACK.with second feature TELL THEM WILLE BOY IS HERE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Peach Orchard Theatres on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

August 3 1975 NASHVILLE opens at the WEIS CINEMA CENTRE they are running a radio promotion with WGUS to give away a trip to Nashville via a GREYHOUND bus. Impressive.

Another outstanding Late Show at WEIS CINEMA ONE THE SECRET SEX LIVES OF ROMEO AND JULIET.No wonder NATIONAL HILLS is winning the late show battle.

WEIS CINEMA 1 While NATIONAL HILLS was running mainstream hollywood films for our late shows once again WEIS playing the X RATED COUNTRY DOC. Do they think all of South Augusta desires X RATED films? Nov.22 1974 another X RATED late show WHILE THE CATS AWAY.

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Mike Rogers commented about Peach Orchard Theatres on Oct 17, 2009 at 8:48 am

August 9 1974 THE STING is playing at WEIS CINEMA 2.

WEIS CINEMA 1 is playing the x rated CHEERLEADERS Nov 22 1974

Nov. 15 1974 Keeping with the tradition WEIS CINEMA ONE is playing ANDY WARHOL’S DRACULA. X rated. The late show at the WEIS CINEMA ONE is pure slut 1001 DANISH DELIGHTS. I see why most AUGUSTA moviegoers choose NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE over WEIS for late shows.

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Mike Rogers commented about Southgate Cinema on Oct 17, 2009 at 8:41 am

SHAMPOO is now at SOUTHGATE after a pretty good run at the MILLER THEATRE.

Sept. 27 1975 SOUTHGATE CINEMA IS PLAYING THE HARRAD SUMMER we played the HARRAD EXPERIMENT on a late show at NATIONAL HILLS and did pretty decent.

HUGE ad in paper for MOONRUNNERS a first run movie. Nov.8 1974

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Mike Rogers commented about Southgate Cinema on Oct 17, 2009 at 8:34 am

SOUTHGATE CINEMA TO CLOSE
By Michael Cass

When Southgate Cinema closes after the 9;30 showing of SUPER COP , Augusta area moviegoers will lose just one of more than 40 local screens.

But the Gordon Highway theatre’s sentimental value is greater to some folks than its economic loss. “ i am sad to see it go because it is nice to watch a movie on a large screen” said Doug Moore Assistant Manager at REGAL 12 CINEMAS one of several muliplex theatres dominating the Augusta movie market. “ it was a real experience.”

SOUTHGATE, which has shown second run movies on an oversize screen for a dollar since at least the 1970’s is closing for lack of business , mamager Ellen Carter said,

If Regency 8 were to close,Observers said a flood of South Augusta movielovers would likely flow to REGAL 12 , MASTERS 7 OR EVANS 12 TO SATISFY their fix for first run movies. Regency Mall 1 2 3 closed earlier this year inside Regency Mall. Ms.Carter has managed SOUTHGATE CINEMA FOR 19 YEARS SAID THE theatre simply could not keep up with the newer screens.

One Mistake. I can assure you during the 70’s SOUTHGATE CINEMA was a first run theatre. I have the newspaper ads from those days to prove it.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro III Theatres on Oct 17, 2009 at 8:13 am

The first ultravision theatre i saw was the GASTON MALL theatre. It had different feel to from what i was use to. We never had an ULTRAVISION theatre in Augusta.IT must have been a great place and theatre complex.Living in large cities such as Tampa has a lot of Drawbacks, but the selection of theatres is a dream. especially when you had a good friend that showed movies in such great theatres. Mr, Charlie!

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Mike Rogers commented about Hillsboro Eight Cinemas on Oct 17, 2009 at 8:06 am

I tell you Nick Firsthand after seven years in the business CARMIKE is a second rate player. I know they must have had kids running the booth.NO union projectionists i knew would stand for such shabby film presentation. Sean was born March 28 1988.What else can you do? Managers in my time never would have allowed such film presentation. NATIONAL HILLS THEATRE? very seldom did i have to go to the booth to tell Mr,Pete a film was out of focus.DID NOT HAPPEN. WOULD NOT HAPPEN.