Imperial Theatre

745 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Imperial Theatre

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The Imperial Theatre was built 1917-1918 and opened in February 1918 for vaudeville. It was originally very briefly known as the Wells Theatre. The Imperial Theatre was designed by two architects, C.K. Howell and G. Lloyd Preacher. In 1936, it was partially remodeled in Art Deco style by Roy A. Benjamin. It was used for silent films following the decline of vaudeville. The Imperial Theatre was used as a film theater until it closed in 1981.

It reopened in 1985 to be used as a performing arts venue and serves as the performing arts home for the Augusta Ballet, Augusta Opera, Augusta Players, and the Augusta Jazz Project.

Contributed by Greg Goodwin

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TLSLOEWS on June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for the update Mike.

rlausche on November 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I am sure Big for the little lady played sometime in late summer or early fall of 1965. I am sure I saw this film for the first time at the Imperial. I saw the film again overseas some time in early summer 1966

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Yes, it played there riausche,ANYONE interested,“REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES” is now on Facebook for Plitt Theatre folks.ENJOY.

wmson364 on September 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

The Imperial is on the web at

on Facebook at

& on Twitter at @AugustaImperial

Still going strong and in the process of a capital fund raising campaign to update/restore the building and facilities.

ERD on September 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Glad this theatre was saved and is being used.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for the comments on a Great Theatre I was able to help Manage back in good old days of movies and going to the movies was an event.not like a visit to the bus stop like it is today..

HenrySchmidt on September 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Hey gang, how come when I enter “imperial, GA” in the search window on this site, it comes up with—-nothing?! Site moderators, please note! Thanks.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Since i cannot get many locals to come here i made an IMPERIAL THEATRE site on facebook ,amazing how they will like something local…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

in fact every theatre i worked at i did a tribute much like CT does for theatres around the world.i have notice quite a few others have done on their theatres, the public eats it up.

cccmoviehouses on February 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Got to see the inside of this beautiful theater around 2006, so glad Augusta saved it, what a treasure.

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