Columbia Theater

134 N. Louisville Street,
Harlem, GA 30814

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Columbia Theater

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The Columbia Theater in Harlem, Georgia opened in August of 1949 and closed in 1963. A 2005 article that I found on this theater states the following:

“The City of Harlem in Georgia has purchased the old Columbia Theater, the building with the Laurel and Hardy mural on the outside south wall, facing the Gordon Highway.

This old building is practically a shambles inside. It was a theater many decades ago, but in recent years it’s been used for a variety of purposes, including flea markets and having rooms built to house tenants/owners. But that is all about to change. The City of Harlem recently bought this old building and is now doing two things: having volunteers go into the building and clear it out of old junk (by the truck-loads), and fund raising that will be needed to do the major restoration – in excess of $700,000. If you are inclined, I’m sure the folks in Harlem would very much appreciate any donations".

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I drove by the Columbia Theatre the remade marquee is up and workers were working outside the theatre. Hopefully, it will be open for local productions and maybe a film/ dvd show. I wish more local would get interested, but i have talked to some residents of this small town that feels it is waste of time. Wrens,Ga. about 20 miles away has an old theatre that was gutted fot future businesses.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 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 on October 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

OCTOBER 29 2009

THE COLUMBIA THEATRE in Harlem will turn the lights on the rebuilt marquee. They hope the town shows up and shows support.The Mayor quoted in the COLUMBIA TIMES-NEWS said “ IN our little town it will add alot of neat color"
The $69.000 project was partially funded by a $40,000 state grant.The story goes to state The project architect recommended a larger stage capable of holding two simultaneous productions,and reducing the flooring and theatre seating.

The marquee will set witha timer to come on everynight.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Well, I sent a Letter to the Editor about Cinema Treasures and how the locals could add stories. “YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER,BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE HIM DRINK IT.” They printed the letter. HAD such a big write up in the paper about old employees and how they loved theCOLUMBIA. “YOU CAN LEAD…….

JFBrantley on April 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

The pictures look very nice. Any chance on restoring the Laurel and Hardy murals on the side.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I drive by there quite a bit and have tried until I am blue in face to get these folks to look into Cinema Treasures and answer questions.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I have been inside and long time ago the theatre floor was leveled off for businesses that used that space. SO inside it really looks like a hardware store could be there. I never got to the booth,but i think some of the equipment might still be there.

TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Nice looking marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

they are slowly now rewiring parts of the Theatre and plan to remove the raised floor,hopefully soon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Inside work still on hold,front of marquee is great.

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