Miller Theatre

708 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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ghamilton
ghamilton on November 2, 2014 at 7:54 am

Looks like nothing going on at present,from outside,ATLEAST. What an opportunity for an enlightened group to front an arts district in that few blocks,with two fine theaters,great old buildings to rehab and repurpose. There are has some amazingly fabulous eateries,museums and other historical/cultural resources . I had never examined this city before this week and I was stunned at what potential this city possesses .

rnordan
rnordan on February 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

If you want to see the Miller Theatre saved, turn the direction and resurrection over to Mike Deas of Augusta Amusements. It won’t happen successfully any other way.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Did the Miller make it? I heard it was being looked at as a possible home for the symphony without much excitement. Could it possibly be saved, what a tragedy if were not. Might it become a performing arts venue much like the Imperial. Augusta do the right thing and save this treasure.

ctwrenn
ctwrenn on April 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

a better street view of the miller theatre https://maps.google.com/maps?q=33.474633,-81.963846&ll=33.47462,-81.963964&spn=0.00043,0.000603&num=1&t=h&gl=us&z=21

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the post guys,Miller is moving along….

rnordan
rnordan on July 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thank you Mr. Schmidt. Well said…maybe Bob Hope can make it back to announce for them.

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on July 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

The perfect solution for the Augusta Symphony! ;–)

rnordan
rnordan on June 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Bravo Mr. Schmidt. You are right on the money. The whole 8' extension thing IS NOT the footage that they taped on the floor in front of the Miller stage, which was more like 24' from the front of the orchestra pit apron into the room. And the fact that you have played in Carnegie Hall and other halls qualifies you to know more than some of the Augusta Symphony consultants. This only goes to prove that if you pay someone from out of town, they can tell you what you want to hear…but, you (the consumer) are stuck with the end product, which to me, will be disastrous acoustically and architecturally. Several architect and engineer friends of mine who have toured the Miller, DO NOT agree with where the symphony wants to go with this. But they will make their bed and have to deal with it. Unfortunately, an architectural treasure will be lost.

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on June 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

Here’s the full citation for the Chronicle article:http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2012-06-22/historic-miller-theater-renovation-moves-forward Lots of pros and cons to the proposed project: see readers' comments. I’d love to see the Miller restored as I remember it fondly from the 1940s-50s, but today it probably wouldn’t fly as a movie house only, for lots of reasons. As a retired symphony musician who has played in many halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, I question the suitability of the Miller as a symphony orchestra venue. Eight more feet of stage (thrust, presumably, not backstage) will still not be sufficient to accommodate a typical 85-90 piece orchestra, and the acoustics will be all wrong. Meanwhile, some attractive features of the house will be forever altered or removed. In an ideal world, the Miller would be restored (not repurposed) to its original purposes (movies and live stage presentations) and design. It is an Art Moderne gem that very few cities have. But we don’t live in an ideal world, alas.

rnordan
rnordan on June 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Sad day for the Miller for the symphony to get the project. Mike Deas and Friends of the Miller would have restored the theatre to what people remembered it for. It will be forever lost now to what Frank Miller envisioned.

Cajun
Cajun on June 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Henry, Yes, now I remember the name of that drugstore. There were also Lane/Ligett and Walgreen chain drug stores at Eighth and Broad and Ninth and Broad plus others at Fifth, Tenth and Thirteenth and Broad. Lots of soda fountains for a stop before or after the movie!

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on June 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

Right you are. I wasn’t thinking of the national chain stores, like Sears and Penney’s, but rather the local/regional stores. The elevated system you mention was a vacuum tube system, common in the days when transactions were handled not by clerks at cash registers in each department, but in a central, unseen location somewhere in the back offices of the store. Your cash went into the cartridge, which was inserted into the tube, and it whisked away to the nether regions; in a minute or two, your receipt and change were returned in the same tube.

The drugstore at the corner of 7th and Broad was Gardell’s Drug Store, part of the Rexall chain. Gardell’s later moved out near the University Hospital. Gardell’s had little hexagonal tile floors, ceiling fans, wire frame chairs, and the best fountain Cokes in town. It had a full range of cosmetics, etc. And it even sold medicine!

Cajun
Cajun on June 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Cullums was the upscale department next to the Miller. There were also a Pennys, Sears and Belks department store downtown. One had the elevated system with the little carriers that flew through the store with purchase slips, change and receipts back and forth similar to an outside bank teller today. On the other side of the Miller was a restaurant, the Ship Ahoy I think, later a pool room and a drugstore on the corner of 7th Street with a beautiful marble top soda fountain. Those fountain cokes with pure cane sugar and coke flavor were delicious and blow away completely any Coca Cola of today.

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on June 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

That would have been Cullum’s Dept. Store, IIRC. I have a matchbook cover with a picture of the store. It was one of three department stores on Broad St. that I remember: J.B. White, Davison-Paxon(sp?), and Cullum’s. But my favorite store in downtown Augusta was Bowen Bros. Hardware.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

Saturday June 23 2012,www.augustachroncile.com Front page article below the fold on MILLER THEATRE update.Plans are now under way to buy the old department store next door to expand the Miller.

Cajun
Cajun on May 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I clearly remember seeing The African Queen during its' original run at the Miller. Oh, those leeches!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Yep. but at least it will be saved.

rnordan
rnordan on May 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

African Queen, ah yes, what a great classic. Unfortunately with the present plans for the Miller, those days are gone. Such a shame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

June 1 1952 and “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” opens here to large crowds.

rnordan
rnordan on March 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

Oh….makes sense.

Cajun
Cajun on March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

rnordan, I was responding to rivest266 who posted about grand opening ads of various Augusta theaters in the past.

StanMalone
StanMalone on March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

To see all of the grand opening ads that rivest has been kind enough to supply just click on the photo tab next to the overview tab at the top of this page. The ad is in the photo section.

rnordan
rnordan on March 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

Not likely to see that in here. Announcing a Grand Opening was a bit premature. You would need to contact Symphony Orchestra Augusta for that info.

Cajun
Cajun on March 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

I don’t see any links to the grand opening ads listed in your posts on the various theaters….?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

Augusta Chroncile March 4 2012 had a nice report that Miller Theatre project is advancing and hope to open in 2014-15 season.