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The Savannah Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre site in the country. The first theatre on the Savannah’s site opened in 1818 and was destroyed by fire in 1906.
In 1948, yet another theatre was builtthis time as an Art Moderne movie house, named Savannah Theatre, it opened on October 21, 1950 with Burt Lancaster in “Mister 880”. Seating was provided for 997 in orchestra and balcony levels. Despite local support, the theatre struggled through the 1970’s and was sold in 1981 to the Savannah Theatre Company.
After 20 years of operation, the group is now foundering under mounting financial pressure and plans to sell the building to another, unnamed, theatre organization. So far, groups from across the country have inquired about buying the former movie palace, whose price in the surging Savannah real estate market is expected to be around $1 million.
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