Turner Theater

Ashburn, GA 31714

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The Turner Theater was opened in June 1948. This theater was part of the Stein Circuit. Stein was a Florida-based company, but all of its theaters were in the Georgia cities of Adel, Ashburn, Hazelhurst, Nashville and Sylvester. The Turner Theater was destroyed by fire July 25, 1972.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

A brief item datelined Ashburn in the “Georgia News Briefs” column of the July 25, 1972, issue of the Rome News-Tribune said that the Turner Theatre building had been destroyed by fire early that morning. A portion of one wall of the structure collapsed into the street, blocking traffic.

The recent opening of the Turner Theatre was noted in this item from the July 10, 1948, issue of Boxoffice:

“ASHBURN, GA. — D. A. Luke has been named manager of the new $100,000 Turner Theatre, opened here recently by the Stein Theatre chain. The new house has a seating capacity of 800 and was designed by Felton Davis, Valdosta architect. The Stein circuit also operate the Majestic Theatre in Nashville.”

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