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“Historic Imperial Theatre Turns 100 in Augusta!”
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Imperial Theatre
Ranked #15 of 37 things to do in Augusta
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Owner description: The Imperial Theatre is noted in the National Register as critical to the character of the Broad Street Historic District. At ninety-two years old, with its immutable history, Edwardian style structure and current function it is the only medium size traditional proscenium theatre capable of flying scenery in the Augusta area, and for this reason it is a critical component of the infrastructure for area performing arts groups. It is the only performing arts theatre within a 150-mile radius that connects artists and audience members to historic social entertainment by providing a gracious and historic setting for all area citizens.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

The Imperial Theatre in Augusta, Georgia opened in 1918 as a vaudeville showcase. Opening night prices ranged from $0.10 to $0.35 for the best seats in the house. Charlie Chaplin appeared at the theatre on March 18, 1918 in a war bonds show. In March 1936 “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” starring Henry Fonda, became the first color film to be shown at the Imperial. As the downtown area declined in the 1980’s, so did the theatre which closed in 1981. In 1985, thanks to help from local performing arts groups like the Augusta Ballet and the Augusta Players, the Imperial Theatre reopened and is now listed on the National Register as important to the architectural and cultural character of the city. The experience for visitors today at the Imperial is one of sitting in a living history museum where people have enjoyed entertainment for over a 100 years. It is not a modern theater with the latest reclining seats -- it doesn't need to be. The Imperial's beauty shines brightly for what it is -- a historical treasure in a historic Southern town. As with all labors of love like this, restoration is in progress and needs the support and care of all those who visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I have wanted to find a good reason to go to the Imperial Theater and finally found one----the Colton Ballet Company Presentation of Mood Swings. What a night. The show was filled with dance, song and great jazz music. What attracted us was Karen Gordon who is one of our favorite entertainers. The Imperial is an old theater that needs a bit of repairs but the seating is comfortable and the audience is small. The staff were superb and helped provide a delightful experience PLUS, you can take you food and drinks into the show.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

My wife and I went to see Sister Act at the Imperial Theatre. We left at the intermission because we just could not tolerate the "BLASTING, DEAFENING MUSIC". Is the Sound Engineer Deaf?? The show might have been O K without the incredibly loud volume. We will never, ever go back there again ----simply because we do not wish to be "Blasted Out" with the deafening noise!!!!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Saw Beauty and the Beast here. Really appreciate older theaters, and the sense of history they bring. That said, The Imperial needs an overhaul. The place is very worn, the ceiling plaster is cracked and peeling, and restroom space is inadequate. They even shut down the men's room at intermission to allow the long line at the women's bathroom to use it. I'm all for chivalry, but some of us men's bladders aren't what they used to be. Unacceptable.
The show was good, and the place has the potential to be awesome. I'd like to see them capitalize on it.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

It is an old historical theatre, still in the midst of being restored although very slowly. I have been there several times for plays, dance recitals and other special events. It is easy to get to, located on Broad St of Downtown Augusta GA. There is interior parking out front inside the median up and down the block, unless another event is nearby making use of the same free parking. You can also find limited parking behind the theatre off Reynolds St. Check out the parking structure on Reynolds St. It has a nice marquee sign that lights up the area. Seating is ok, but a bit uncomfortable for ailing bones. There is balcony seating upstairs, if you have mobility issues get down stair seating. The air can use some circulation, but livable for now. Restrooms need some updating as well, but they are functional, just small. It has been a year since we were there last. Will go again when something that we like to see comes to town.

Date of experience: May 2016
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