Trustees Theater

216 E. Broughton Street,
Savannah, GA 31401

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Designed by architects Tucker & Howell as the Weis Theater, this Art Moderne style 28,296-square-foot building was opened in 1946 by the Weis family, which also operated the Savannah, Roxy and East Side Theaters in Savannah and the Bibb Theater in Macon. This theater, with seating for over 1,100 on its main floor and balcony, featured live entertainment in addition to movies. The Weis Theater closed in 1980.

Later acquired by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the Weis was beautifully restored to its original appearance as a venue for both live performances, including concerts, and film and video screenings (including hosting the Savannah Film Festival since 1998).

Of course, one of its main uses is for the performing arts department of the college, including lectures, student performances (both live and on-screen), and fashion shows. The official name of the theater is now the Trustees Theater.

Contributed by Don Lewis, Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Patsy
Patsy on March 9, 2005 at 7:22 am

Will be in Savannah over Easter weekend so will check out all of these Savannah theatres including the Sushi restaurant with original theatre ceiling!

DonLewis
DonLewis on April 26, 2005 at 9:18 am

2004 picture of the SCAD sign @www.vanishingtheaters.net

scredlucy
scredlucy on September 23, 2005 at 5:24 pm

The theater diagionally across Broughton was the Avon. The theater was actually located across the lane behind the entrance building. The last time I was in Savannah it was demolished, and a parking garage had been built where the theater stood. The entrance building held the ticket booth and a concession stand and was just a walkway from Broughton Street through to the theater building. The building next door to the theatre (corner of Broughton and Abercorn) was a Woolworth’s. There also used to be an old lady who used to sit in front of the theater on a folding chair, using a cardboard box as a table, selling roasted peanuts every day. Thanks for the flashback…

leeblvd
leeblvd on July 11, 2006 at 3:53 pm

I was born and raised in Savannah; left when I was 12 in 1963; I remember the AVON well. Dave M’s explanation helps me understand the set up much better; I remember crossing the alley. And the old lady I remember particularly well…not for the roasted peanuts, but for the BOILED peanuts she used to sell. Here’s another question: history of the old STATE THEATER that was across Broughton from the AVON; I seem to remember its concession stand was outdoors. By the time I was old enough to start going to movies on Saturdays, it was demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm

This page still needs updated for the new website (which has a history section and a dandy photo gallery) that Lost memory linked to on May 3, and to include the architectural firm of Tucker & Howells (currently misidentified as Howell and Tucker in the intro.)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Nice shots of the WEIS/SCAD Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Weis had screens in several of Georgia’s larger cities.Most crackerjack boxes.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on December 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I took seven pictures and a short video of the marquee in December 2010. The pictures and video are visible here.

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