Lakeview Theatre

2136 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30904

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The Lakeview Theatre served Harrisburg, a mill town inside the city limits of Augusta. Opened on March 18, 1941, it was a very plain theatre a few miles from the section of Broad Street where the main body of theatres were located.

It sold itself more on having air-conditioning than the movies which was typical in the south. Even the Imperial Theatre would let moviegoers know of the cool air inside. The box office opened at 1:00 PM, and ran shows until 11:00 PM. The tag line at the Lakeveiw Theatre was, "where happiness costs so little".

They would run double features like the Rialto Theatre, because basically they were going after the same crowd. "Across the Wide Missouri" with Clark Gable was one film that played, and serials would also play. On March 7, 1953 they were playing Chapter 11 of "King of the Congo" and an "Our Gang" comedy. Like the Rialto Theatre, by the 1960s it was over.

The theater still stands on Broad Street heading West. Bowman Lock and Safe had the building for years. Once again TV hurt these smaller movie houses.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

The May 3, 1941, issue of Boxoffice said that Altec would be providing “…sound service for Bert Ram’s new Lakeview, Augusta, Ga…..” The house must have opened around that time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Joe, The building itself is in great shape.You can tell it was an old theatre that served the mill town section of Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

MOVIES PLAYING AT THE LAKEVIEW SUMMER 1953

  1. PONY SOLIDER
  2. THE I DON’T CARE GIRL
    3.DEVIL MAKES THREE
    4.REDHEAD FROM WYOMING
    5.KANGAROO KID
  3. STARS ARE SINGING
  4. BARBED WIRE
Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

When a theatre like the Lakeview was built in a basically a Mill Town of Augusta,it never attracted the crowds that went downtown.B-product was played from every ad I have seen.

Cajun
Cajun on September 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

The Lakeview was also advertised as “Augusta’s only neighborhood theater” and by the early fifties it was on its last legs due to television. My parents discouraged me from going there because of its somewhat sleazy image. The famous birth of a baby sex exploitation film “Mom and Dad” played there and did huge business with shows for women in the daytime and men at night.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Nice write up on this theatre Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I try to do my best NICK STORY.Wish I had his time.

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

Thanks WHP for the comment on the Lakeview.We know it is still standing.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

This opened on March 18th, 1941. Picture and grand opening ad has been posted here.

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