Southgate Cinema

1631 Gordon Highway,
Augusta, GA 30906

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ArdentGuy
ArdentGuy on July 4, 2016 at 3:33 am

I worked at Southgate Cinema from May of 1971 until September of 1972. I was 17 years old. I loved the movies and enjoyed working at a “real” theater. Mr. Andrews was the manager then. Mr. Griffith was the projectionist. It was a union projection booth that I was rarely allowed to enter. The box office was a tiny booth that had an exterior window (to the right of the doors) for selling tickets. There was a stairway behind the box office that led to the projection booth and the managers office. The box office lady was related to Mr. Griffith — I believe it was his daughter-in-law. Mr. Griffith’s son (I think it was his son) was also a projectionist and filled in occasionally.

The auditorium was draped in gold curtains. Access to the speakers and storage area behind the screen was to the right of the screen.

My favorite movie from my time working there was Goodbye, Columbus (1969). Goodbye, Columbus was re-released during the summer of 1971 to capitalize on the success of Love Story. The tag line for Goodbye, Columbus was “Every Father’s Daughter is a Virgin”. Mr. Andrews refuse to let this line appear on the marquee and instead ordered me to put up “That Love Story Girl is Back!”

Mr. Andrews and Mr. Griffith would view the film before opening day looking for any nudity or obscenities. Mr. Griffith would cut objectionable material from the film, saving the trims on this editing desk. Before returning the print to the studio, the excised footage would be restored. In the days of 35mm film, there were often splices just before and after nudity scenes as many theaters across the county would cut and restore “objectionable” material from the prints.

Adam West and Burt Ward walked into Southgate Cinema one night. They came late, 30 minutes after the start of the last showing. I was alone in the lobby and sold them tickets and concessions. When they told me who they were, I didn’t believe them. They insisted that they were actually Batman and Robin. I asked them to show me their driver’s licenses. They did. It was them!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

thanxs bcordy…..

bcordy
bcordy on March 30, 2013 at 1:56 am

Saw a 1988 reissue of “The Fox and the Hound” here with my dad as a kid. Twice. Used to work in this shopping center not long after the theater closed down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

i have a bunch of theatre pictures on my FACEBOOK,some of Ga.theatre Folks even thought i never worked for Ga.theatres..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I bet all the projection equipment was left there, it was one the few booths i never got to see inside of.SUe. IF she has pictures I would love to have copies..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

She was playing “SUPERCOP” i have the picture from the paper,Can’t recall the date, could archieve it from the Chroncile if you really wanted to know

suesue
suesue on July 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Ok Mike…I have a question for you since you seem to remember so much about Southgate :) My mother was Ellen Carter and we were talking the other day about the theater and couldn’t remember the exact day it closed. Do you remember?

Thanks

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

March 20 1993 playing “NO WHERE TO RUN”.

Dec 23 1994 has “JASON’s LYRIC” showing.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Jan 31 1993 playing “TRESPASS”. a concession special COKE,POPCORN and Candy 99 cents each…..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Jan 1 1993 playing “UNDER SIEGE'.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Drove Southgate today, Funny the whole world is watching the MASTERS about 8 miles up the road from Southgate,What depressed part of Town, looks like CLARLY CHAPEL was on the marquee,from what i could make of it,looks like the church has even left Southgate.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Rodney Dangerfield would have LOVED Southgate Cinema. Movies playing here were not all B-Pictures.A few good ones would make it over here.

June8 1971 “MAKING IT”

Sept.24 1971 “MRS.POLLIFAX-SPY”

March 15 1974 “A TOUCH OF CLASS” [A, film.}

Oct.4 1974 “DEVIL’S TRIANGLE”

Dec 25 1974 “MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN” {A,Film}

August 15 1975 “LOVE and DEATH” {A,Film}

August 29 1976 “SWASHBUCKLER”

Sept 26 1976 “I WILL,IWILL,FOR NOW” picked up from National Hills Theatre.

Nov 24 1976 “GOOD IDEA”

Sept 1976 “MISSOURI BREAKS”

June 17 1977 “EMPIRE OF THE ANTS”

June 30 1979 all seats 99 cents “HALLOWEEN”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

A few of the movies that ran here:

“10” playing at 99 cents on Dec.28 79.

Sept. 15 1978 “HIGH ANIXETY” 99 cents,

Nov.5 1976 sometimes trash would play here, “SEX MACHINE”.

July 2 1982 has “HANKY PANKY” all seats a dollar.

DEc.25 1970 the longest running First run movie to play Southgate,“LOVE STORY”.

Dec 18 1970 “BURN”

July 15 1971 has “RED SKY AT MORNING”.

April 6 1979 “SUPERMAN” 99 cents.

August 31 1979 one showing in the evening “THE DEER HUNTER”

Sept.11 1970 the X rated “BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS” is here.

June 20 1975 First run “RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER”.

Just a small selection of movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm

After a horrible run at the Imperial,Southgate picks up “TRIAL OF BILLY JACK” on August 30 1975 months after it left town.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

007 leaves MASTERS 4 after a long summer run to play at Southgate on August 1 1977.“SPY WHO LOVES ME” shows at 7:20 and 9:45.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Two Georgia theatre locations with three screens,Daniel Village Twin and Southgate are now dollar theatres. Playing at Southgate the perfect movie for that location,“BREAKIN'2” rated R. Feb.27 1985.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

DEc 17, 1974 and Southgate is playing Dyan Cannon in “CHILD UNDER A LEAF” Rated R.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm

SOUTHGATE gets a classy picture “CABARET” opens 02-14-73. Rated PG. Plays awhile there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Southgate picks up a very good first run Sci-fi “SOYLENT GREEN” rated PG. 4-18-73.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Had a friend visit the church that now uses SOUTHGATE CINEMA for a home and he went up to the booth and all the equipment was still there to show movies. I had a feeling it was still up there. It was one of the few booths in this city i never put a foot in. It was Union house for a long time. Local 518.Only one living member still around.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

For 99 cents you can see “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” rated PG.It had a successful run at WEIS CINEMAS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Southgate Cinema playing DAY and DATE with THE HILLTOP DRIVE-in.

NOW SHOWING “GONE IN 60 SECONDS” and “EAT MY DUST!” both rated pg.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

FRom a found booking sheet found in the MILLER THEATRE,City Managers office;
SOUTHGATE CINEMA now playing SNOWBALL EXPRESS,MAGIC WORLD OF WALT DISNEY,and i don’t know if was ever booked by set for Feb 26 1973 CASABLANCA. I know it does sound right for this South Augusta Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

JUNE 12 1979, “EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE” moves down the street from the mall to SOUTHGATE CINEMA.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

THE POM POM GIRLS plays here. It is rated PG. Looks more like a Weis Cinema movie.