875 Broad Street,
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Augusta’s Dreamland Theatre was sorta like a step-child. Not as jazzy as the Imperial Theatre or Miller Theatre. In fact, to look at it with the Dreamland marquee…very plain. It could pass for a drug store or clothing store. Nonetheless it was one of Augusta’s first theatres showing one and two reelers.
The vertical lettering of Dreamland Theatre was above the marquee with one-sheet standees on the side walk showing folks who were walking Broad Street what was playing. Along with the Modjeska Theatre it lacked the big movie experience playing a lot of B-movies while the Imperial Theatre and Miller Theatre would show the bigger epics.
In the early-1940’s, the Dreamland Theatre theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc., throught their subsidiary Lucas & Jenkins. The Dreamland Theatre held a lot of memories for many young boys. Projectionist Albert Peters remembered in a 1974 conversation with me, "like so many youngsters we enjoyed the Dreamland Theatre and Lakeview Theatre, and sadly both are long gone."
Yep, Mr. Pete, all my theatres in Augusta that I have great memories of are gone. Long gone!
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