320 Greene Street,
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The Grand Opera House name was later shortened to the Grand Theatre. Unlike most of Augusta’s screens except for the city’s black theatres, the Grand Theatre was located on Greene Street, away from Broad Street. It was a gem of a theatre, George M. Cohan was impressed when he visited stating it was "A most beautiful theatre". However,the beauty turned tragic when an arsonist burned the Grand Theatre to the ground, ashes and tears to Augustans. The arsonist was never caught. Killed in the fire was manager James Tant and his wife, Lula. He also managed the Imperial Theatre.
The Grand Theatre burned and flames were seen for miles in March 18 1922! Special thanks to Nick DiMaggio for encouragement in getting these theatres reserched and on CT.
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