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Mike Rogers commented about Chapman Highway Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

IN 1956 THE CHAPMAN DRIVE IN WAS OWNED BY R.S. SPURGEON. 200 CARS PRETTY SMALL FOR A KNOXVILLE DRIVE IN.
ON SEPT. 25 1967 THE CHAPMAN DRIVE IN WAS PLAYING .. HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE… WITH THE SECOND FEATURE HERCULES IN A HAUNTED HOUSE. IT WAS BILLED AS KNOXVILLE’S 1ST RUN SHOWING.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

NOV. 23. 1978 IN THE MAIL COMES A PACKAGE FROM WARNER BROTHERS. OF COURSE, I QUICKY OPEN IT AND IT HAS A NOTE INSIDE SAYING; THR GAUNTLET ONE SHEETS NOW ON DISPLAY ARE TO BE TAKEN DOWN AND THROWN AWAY.. TRASH THEM! WELL, THIS CLINT EASTWOOD FAN AIN’T THROWNING A CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE POSTER AWAY. I TOOK OUT THE NEW ONES AND LOOKED FOR A CHANGE. WHY CHANGE? THE ART WORK WAS THE SAME.
HOWEVER, I ASSUMED SONDRA LOCKE SAW HER NAME SMALLER THAN CLINT’S SHE MUST HAVE HAD A FIT.. SO ON THE FIRST BATCH OF ONE SHEETS HER NAME IS SMALLER. ON THE NEW ONE SHEETS SONDRA LOCKE’S NAME IS EQUAL BILLING WITH CLINT. COME ON CLINT!

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Mike Rogers commented about Weis Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

THE WEIS DRIVE-IN HAD A VERY NICE CONESSIONSTAND THAT WAS SORTA BELOW THE CUSTOMER, SO THE CONCESSIONSTAND WERE LOOKING UP TO THE CUSTOMERS. IT DID HAVE RADIO SOUND TOWARD IT’S END DAYS. I WENT BACK SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND OUT IN THE WOODS FOUND SEVERAL REELS. I ALSO SAW A VERY GOOD BASEBALL MOVIE THERE IT WAS ‘’ BANG THE DRUM SOFTLY'‘ I SAW TRUE GRIT THERE TOO. THIS THEATRE WAS FAR ENOUGHT OUT OF BRIGHT LIGHTS THAT TODAY ONE COULD GET A GOOD PICTURE. GEORGIA THEATRES HAD EVERY RIGHT TO SELL IT FOR REAL ESTATE, BUT TODAY. IT THINK IT WOULD BE A MONEY MAKER. WITH GOOD MANAGEMENT. BUT THERE IS NO SCREEN OR DRIVE IN. A CHURCH WAS SUPPOSE TO TAKE THE LAND.
BUT THE LAST TIME I DROVE OUT THERE… NOTHING!

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Mike Rogers commented about Augusta Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

WELL, IT IS 2009 AND YOU KNOW ? PART OF THAT OLD SCREEN IS STILL STANDING. I GUESS THE PEOPLE IN THE HOOD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS ARE EVEN CARE. AUGUSTA DRIVE-IN LASTED ABOUT 10 YEARS. ABOUT THE LIFE OF ALOT OF DRIVE-INS IN THOSE CARE FREE YEARS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Augusta Drive-In on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm

WELL, IT IS 2009 AND YOU KNOW ? PART OF THAT OLD SCREEN IS STILL STANDING. I GUESS THE PEOPLE IN THE HOOD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS ARE EVEN CARE. AUGUSTA DRIVE-IN LASTED ABOUT 10 YEARS. ABOUT THE LIFE OF ALOT OF DRIVE-INS IN THOSE CARE FREE YEARS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Regency Exchange Cinema on Sep 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I FOUND A BACK DOOR OPENED AND I CAREFULLY WENT INSIDE. WITH A FLASHLIGHT I WALKED INTO THE BOOTH IT WAS JUST LIKE THEY LEFT IT THE NIGHT IT WENT DARK, PLATTERS, FILM . IN THE OFFICES COMPUTERS, PHONES. IT WAS LIKE I WAS THE ONLY ONE ON EARTH. THE MOLD SMELL WAS BAD. I DID NOT FIND ANY ONE SHEETS. THAT WAS NICE THEATRE. HAD GCC BUILT IT IN NORTH AUGUSTA,S.C. LIKE I SAID TO DO IT MIGHT BE OPEN TODAY AS AT LEAST A DOLLAR THEATRE IT IS PRETTY MUCH IN A REAL BAD PART OF SOUTH AUGUSTA. BOSTON, YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED. MAYBE THAT IS WHY TOU GUYS WENT BROKE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Florida Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:58 pm

NICK… GREAT STORY. I LOVED THE MUMMY WITH CHRISTOPHER LEE. SEEMS ALL DOWNTOWN THEATRES WERE JUST SET TO PLAY COFFY OR BLACULA. THERE WERE A BUNCH OF GREAT BLACK FILMS LIKE TAKE A HARD RIDE A GREAT WESTERN, AND GUESS WHAT THERE WERE ALOT OF BLACK COWBOYS IN THE 1800’S. ILIKED LET’S DO IT AGAIN AND BUCK AND THE PREACHER, BUT MOST THE BLACK MOVIE GOERS THAT IDEALT WITH DID NOT WANT SUCH FARE THEY WANTED SHAFT’S BIG SCORE OR BRUCE LEE. AND THAT IS WHAT THE FLORIDA AND IMPERIAL BOOKED BOTH ABC THEATRES. I WONDER IF THE BOOKED OUT OF THE CAROLINAS LIKE WE DID.

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Mike Rogers commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I REMEMBER DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS IN THE 70’S THE HILLTOP PLAYED I KNOW FOR SEVEAL WEEKS;WHICH IS SORT OF UNHEARD OF THE WESTERNS THEY CALL ME TRINTY AND TRINTY IS STILL MY NAME,,, I WONDER IF THESE TWO COMEDY WESTERNS HAD THE SAME RESPONSE FROM MOVIE GOERS. IN OTHER CITIES OR WAS IT JUST SOMETHING BEACUSE I REMEMBER ADS SAYING AUGUSTA WON’T LET THEM GO.

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Mike Rogers commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

WHEN FOR YOUR EYES ONLY OPEN AT THE GASTON MALL THEATRE JOHN MACKEY CALLED AND TOLD YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE LOCAL PAPER IS MAKING ME DO? I HAVE TO DRAW A SKIRT ON THE BOND GIRL IN THE AD.
IT WAS PRETTY SUGESTIVE AD AS ANY 007 FAN CAN REMEMBER. I SAW THE SKIRT HE DREW ON WITH A MARKER AND I WISHED I WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Gaston Mall Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

WHEN FOR YOUR EYES ONLY OPEN AT THE GASTON MALL THEATRE JOHN MACKEY CALLED AND TOLD YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE LOCAL PAPER IS MAKING ME DO? I HAVE TO DRAW A SKIRT ON THE BOND GIRL IN THE AD.
IT WAS PRETTY SUGESTIVE AD AS ANY 007 FAN CAN REMEMBER. I SAW THE SKIRT HE DREW ON WITH A MARKER AND I WISHED I WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Clover-Leaf Drive-In on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

THE VALLEY DRIVE-IN THEATRE OPENED SOMETIME IN THE 50’S.IT TO WAS LOACTED IN AIKEN COUNTY WHICH IN LAND SIZE IS MOST LIKELY THE LARGEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA. BILL BARKLEY WOULD RUN MOVIES THERE BEFORE HE WAS TAKEN INTO A CLOSED UNION SHOP. HE TOLD ME HE DID NOT THINK HE WOULD EVER GET HIS CARD. HE TOOK ME TO THE CLOVERLEAF LOT.

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Mike Rogers commented about Skyview Drive-In on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

RAY, i was real young but didn’t they have a little train set up in front of the screen.I ENJOYED THE SKYVIEW, WHEN IT CLOSED DOWN THE UNION TRANSFERRED WAVE BALLARD TO COLUNBIA SQ. THEY WERE REALLY HAVING TROUBLE WITH VANDALS AND HE WAS GLAD TO MOVE OUT TO MARTINEZ,GA.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm

HERE IS A LITTLE FACT PUT TOGETHER BY OUR CREATIVE JERRY TINNEY.BILL BARKLEY PROJECTIONIST AT THE IMPERIAL HAS SEEN JAWS 257 TIMES when this ad was made,it ran alot longer. THAT EQUALS 30.840 MINUTES 2.774.640 FEET OR 525 MILES OF THIS MOVIE.
MAY 27 1977…. AN X RATED FILM IN AUGUSTA HAS CAUSED ALOT OF HEAT FROM THE LOCALS. THE IMPERIAL HAD LAST TANGO IN PARIS BOOKED FOR A LATE SHOW, BUT THE BOOKERS IN THE HOME OFFICE PULLED IT.
AUGUST 2 1977.. THE IMPERIAL IS PLAYING GREASED LIGHTING.
OCT, 15 1977… LATE SHOWS INCLUDE DELIVERANCE, DEATH WISH. FRITZ THE CAT. AND NATIONAL HILLS WILL PLAY BOTH GODFATHER FILMS BACK TO BACK.
FEB.4 1978 THE IMPERIAL IS PLAYING WIZARDS AND PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. I HAVE IT NOTED THAT WIZARDS WAS ONE OF BEST GROSSERS.
MAY 25 1978 THE IMPERIAL BOOKED MYRA BRACKINRIDGE FOR A LATE SHOW. WE HEARD THE WEIS DRIVE-IN WAS TURNING THEM AWAY.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE THE X RATED VERSION WAS BOOKED FIRST RUN AT THE IMPERIAL, THE AUGUSTA POLICE SAID THEY WOULD RAID THE THEATRE. GUESS WHAT? NO CLOCKWORK ORANGE. JIM NEELY AND MYSELF WOULD HAVE TO DRIVE TO ATHENS.GA. TO SEE IT. AND DOGGONE IT WAS PLAYING AT THE CLASSIC THEATRE.. A GEORGIA THEATRE.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

MORE STORIES FROM AUGUSTA’S FINEST THEATRE…. We had some good luck with our late shows. HOWEVER,we were not perfect. these are the five worst late shows… FLESH GORDON….at one time rated X.WE GOT THE RATED R ONE. …..200 MOTELS with FRANK ZAPPA. ….BLINDMAM..A RINGO STARR WESTERN….ZABRISKE POINT…….JOHNNY GET YOUR GUN..
SHERLOCK HOLMES ,SMARTER BROTHER WAS BOOKED FOR THE IMPERIAL, NATIONAL HILLS GOT IT.
I WAS IN THE BOX OFFICE GOING OVER SOME BOR’S WHEN A MAN SEE’S OUR SIGN THAT SAID NOW AT POPULAR PRICES HE SAID TO WINDY, YOU CALL 2.50 A SEAT POPULAR? WINDY WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT SAID ‘’ WE LIKE IT!‘'
JUNE 9 1976 WE ARE PLAYING ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN. VERY SLOW NIGHT. NEXT WEEK WE GET THE EXORCIST…WOW. A RERUN.
AUGUST 2 1977 NATIONAL HILLS IS PLAYING OUTLAW BLUES WITH PETER FONDA.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Sep 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

MORE STORIES FROM AUGUSTA’S FINEST THEATRE…. We had some good luck with our late shows. HOWEVER,we were not perfect. these are the five worst late shows… FLESH GORDON….at one time rated X.WE GOT THE RATED R ONE. …..200 MOTELS with FRANK ZAPPA. ….BLINDMAM..A RINGO STARR WESTERN….ZABRISKE POINT…….JOHNNY GET YOUR GUN..
SHERLOCK HOLMES ,SMARTER BROTHER WAS BOOKED FOR THE IMPERIAL, NATIONAL HILLS GOT IT.
I WAS IN THE BOX OFFICE GOING OVER SOME BOR’S WHEN A MAN SEE’S OUR SIGN THAT SAID NOW AT POPULAR PRICES HE SAID TO WINDY, YOU CALL 2.50 A SEAT POPULAR? WINDY WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT SAID ‘’ WE LIKE IT!‘'
JUNE 9 1976 WE ARE PLAYING ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN. VERY SLOW NIGHT. NEXT WEEK WE GET THE EXORCIST…WOW. A RERUN.
AUGUST 2 1977 NATIONAL HILLS IS PLAYING OUTLAW BLUES WITH PETER FONDA.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Sep 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm

COLUMBIA 2 still playing A STAR IS BORN. 8th week. CASSANDRA CROSSING OPENED TO STRONG CROWDS, …FEB. 17 1977.
LATE SHOWS AT COLUMBIA SQUARE ARE BOMBING. WE HAD TWO PEOPLE FOR FAMILY PLOT ON SATURDAY. WE HAVE DECIDED TO SELL TICKETS AT 1.50 a seat.
AUGUST 2 1977 WE ARE PLAYING THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE AND COLUMBIA TWO IS DOING VERY WELL WITH THE DEEP.
CEDAR BLUFF IN KNOXVILLE, TENN. STONE MONT IN ATLANTA ARE THE SAME THEATRES HAS COLUMBIA SQUARE. ALL OPENED ABOUT THE SAME TIME.

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Mike Rogers commented about ABC Drive-In on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

IN 1956 THE ABC THEATRE PARKED 750 CARS MAKING IT A RATHER LARGE DRIVE IN. IT WAS OWNED IN THE 50’S LATE BY CO-OP CIRCUIT. I NEVER KNEW GCC RAN DRIVE INS , BUT I GUESS THAT WAS A NORTHERN THING.

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Mike Rogers commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

WASN’T THERE A TWIN DRIVE IN BUILT SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE AND I AM SURPRIZED NO ONE IN CHARLOTTE HAS WRITTEN ON THE THUNDERBIRD DRIVR IN. I KNOW IT WAS AN ABC THEATRE.

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Mike Rogers commented about National Hills Theatre on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

SPEAKING OF THE KOI POND WHILE I WAS THERE SOMEHOW THE THEATRE HAD TO KEEP It CLEAN. WHICH WE DID DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. OF COURSE, MOST OF THE MONEY THROWN IN THE POND WENT IN THE DOORMAN’S POCKETS. ONE SUMMER, MARK KUCHINSKI THROWNS SOME SMALL BASS IN THE POND. NEXT DAY, ALL THE SMALL GOLDFISH GONE. WE FIGURED THE BASS ATE THEM.
MY FAVORITE CONCESSIONSTAND GIRL/ BOX OFFICE GIRL WAS TERESA HUMMELL, SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE.

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Mike Rogers commented about Imperial Theatre on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

ONE NIGHT WHILE I WAS FILLING IN FOR A MANAGER, THE IMERIAL WAS PLAYING IT’S ALIVE A HORROR FILM..GOING UNDERNEATH THE STAGE TO CUT OFF THE A.C. UNITS WAS, WELL SCARY. THE IMPERIAL HAD RATS THE SIZE OF CATS DOWN THERE.
ONE NIGHT SCOTT KRUGER WAS POPPING CORN BEHIND THE SCREEN, WALKS UP TO THE CONESSIONSTAND FOR A COKE.AND STARTS TALKING. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED.. YEP. A FIRE IN THE POPCORN ROOM. WASN’T TOO BAD.. THE MOVIE WAS GREASED LIGHTING.AND NO YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT UP.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

SMART THEATRE MANAGER, JERRY TINNEY HAVING HAD A TIME AT THE IMPERIAL WITH THE EXORCIST HE INVITED RELIGIOUS LEADERS FROM AUGUSTA’S CHURCHES TO VIEW A SPECIAL SHOWING OF OH, GOD.
WE REALLY WERE NOT CERTAIN HOW IT WOULD PLAY SINCE THE TRAILER WAS NOTHING BUT A BLANK SCREEN AND GEORGE BURNS TALKING. MANY PRIESTS AND PASTORS CAME… OPENING NIGHT WE HAD PROTESTS ABOUT THE MOVIE. ALL THEY DID WAS SELL MORE TICKETS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Columbia Square Cinemas on Sep 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

ANOTHER TRUE STORY FROM THE FILES OF COLUMBIA 1 AND 2 THEATRES. WHEN WE OPENED FRIDAY NIGHT WITH FIRST SHOWING OF THE PETER FALK AND ALAN ARKIN FILM THE IN-LAWS A OLDER LADY IN HER 70’S WALKS UP TO THE BOXOFFICE AND CALMLY TELLS ME WE DO NOT HAVE SOAP IN THE LADIES ROOM. WELL, I AM A PRETTY DECENT GUY AND TOLD HER I WOULD GET RIGHT ON IT. WE HAD ABOUT 100 FOLKS ROPED OFF IN THE LOBBY.
AND I HAD TO GET THEM IN…BOY, DID SHE GO CRAZY. I MEAN IN FRONT OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE SCREAMING ABOUT. IT GOT SO BAD I WAS GETTING READY TO CALL THE COPS. YELLING ABOUT NO SOAP. FINALLY, I GUESS HER SON CAME AND GOT HER AND SAID HE WAS SO SORRY.
ONE NIGHT TOMMY CAPERS AND ME ARE SITTING ON THE CONESSIONSTAND SIPPING A COLD ONE AFTER A LONG NIGHT. OUT OF COLUMBIA ONE WALKS A MAN. SAID HE FELL ASLEEP. SO MUCH FOR OUR USHERS THAT NIGHT.
ANOTHER NIGHT A LADY COMES UP TO ME AFTER WATCHING THE ENTIRE MOVIE AND DEMANDED HER MONEY BACK. SHE DID NOT GET IT. WHAT NERVE. HAD SHE COME OUT IN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES OR SO,SURE I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER 3.00 BACK. BOY, THE THEATRE BUSINESS. AND I AM JUST WRITING THE G RATED STUFF.

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Mike Rogers commented about Jerry Lewis Cinema on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA WAS SET FOR A JERRY LEWIS TWIN THEATRE AND WHEN AN AD APPEARED LISTING THE NEW THEATRES, GEORGIA THEATRES QUICKLY BUILT THE SOUTHGATE CINEMA IN AUGUSTA. FOR YEARS I TOLD THEATRE GUYS I WORKED WITHAND THEY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY…A JERRY LEWIS THEATRE. NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE ME.

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Mike Rogers commented about Daniel Village Theatre on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

ED, YOU ARE GOOD . I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT A ROAD SHOW. I AM THINKING OF HOW 2000 PRINTS ARE RELEASED TODAY. SORTA GLAD I AM OUT OF THE BUSINESS.

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Mike Rogers commented about Skyway Drive-In on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

In 1956 THE SKYWAY DRIVE IN WAS CALLED THE SKYWAY AUTO DRIVE IN AND PARKED 400 CARS. IT WAS OWNED BY HANNA THEATRE SERVICE,WHICH ALSO RAN THE GEIBELS DRIVE IN ; ANOTHER DRIVE IN IN BUTLER, PA. WAS THE HILLTOP DRIVE IN SO THIS CITY IN THE LATE 50’S HAD 3 DRIVE INS.