Daniel Village Theatre

2803 Wrightsboro Road,
Augusta, GA 30901

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This theater was originally owned by the Georgia Theatre Company. It opened on September 25, 1964 with the hit Disney movie “Mary Poppins”. Along with the National Hills Theatre in Augusta, it would play a lot of Disney product. The theatre was built with a small lobby and concession area. Many times moviegoers would have to wait outside.

Projectionist Bob Smith remembered playing “Walkabout”, an Australian film that was rated PG and had full frontal nudity. He lobbied the manager to change the rating to an ‘R’ as he knew he would be the first to go when the cops saw such a movie with a PG rating. However, the manager let the rating remain a PG. Even though “Billy Jack” contained full frontal nudity, PG pictures of the 1970’s were much different from PG movies today.

Notable films played at the Daniel Village, much like the National Hills. Both theatres were in nice ‘ritzy’ neighborhoods. “Von Ryan’s Express” played a long run at the Daniel Village, and “Murder on the Orient Express” also played to good crowds. It also played the first Augusta run of “Wind and the Lion”.

I saw “Freebie and The Bean” there along with “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”. “The Tamarind Seed” with Julie Andrews packed the ladies of the garden clubs in. I also saw “True Grit” and “Network” along with countless others.

In 1977 Daniel Village Theatre was twinned which ruined the theatre. There was such a rush in those days to twin or triple any theatre. It reopened as a twin with “Smoky and the Bandit”.

One thing I hated about this theatre was that there were no doors going into the auditorium. If you were anywhere near the back row you heard the popcorn popping and the concession stand girls talking. I believe when they twinned it they finally put doors up. But it was a lousy design to begin with without any doors.

The theater was purchased in 1987 by United Artists, finally closing in 1993.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Mike Rogers

Recent comments (view all 109 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

thanks for the comments nonnie 74 and Koakes.Been trying to get locals to comment especially the employees.nonnie 74, i have a seat from Columbia Square and the IMPERIAL.

raysson
raysson on November 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Just like the Daniel Village Theatre in Augusta,Georgia…………

The Northgate Theatre in Durham, NC (which opened in X-Mas of 62) would play a lot of Disney movies as well,and basically was the market for both Disney and MGM. It also played “Mary Poppins” as a general release on April 13,1965.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

thanks raysson i always enjoyreading your stuff.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I uploaded the April 2nd, 1965 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

thanks ,I have the paper from that day.

Ginger Whatley
Ginger Whatley on May 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I loved this theater. It was so comfortable. I remember seeing Dances with Wolves here and they just cut off the movie in the middle. Time to buy more concessions!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDINg, did it come with an Intermission or not.well it was a Dollar house.

dkpenman
dkpenman on March 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I lived a few blocks from the theater in 1966. The house for whatever reason is now gone, it’s an empty lot and now I see the theater has been gone for many years as well. I saw “With Six You Get Eggroll” and a few other movies there. My dad was stationed at Fort Gordon so we watched some movies at the fort, but the only other theater we went to was Daniel Village Rocking Chair Theater. Rocking Chair certainly gave it some charm.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Fort Gordon had new Theatre built .now it is used for Plays..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

just added this theatre on Facebook, even though I never worked there a lot of locals were wanting it added, still wish I had more pictures of the theatre itself.

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