Imperial Theatre

745 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 5, 2010 at 11:52 am

I have finally cut six hours of theatre party videos from stories on the Imperial,National Hills & Columbia 1 and 2 into about 95 minutes of pure theatre history with a lot of funny stories from of Theatre reunions in the mid 80’s.I had never thought about parking until you guys mentioned it.

TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Like I said before we had lots of parking lots, but they were funny and wanted money to park there.and they sold tickets just like us to count heads or cars.Thanks Nick,Chuck,and Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 4, 2010 at 7:26 pm

No, we had no agreements.However,there was a small place that the managers could usually park.The Fire department gave us a break.Alot of the employees at the Imperial,as well I bet in St.Louis and Nashville used the city bus.Otherwise you took a quick break and fed the parking metters.

TLSLOEWS on June 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

No Chuck we did not have any agreement with the parking lots although that is and was I good idea.I did trade passes with the garage behind us for me to park free as I was there 6 days a week.Now I am off-topic again so I wonder if the Imperial had any agreement with the parking lots near them?

Nunzienick on June 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

In Tampa CUCKOO’S NEST opened at the Austin Cinema and I think at least one other theatre. It was a very popular attraction here but I can’t recall the length of run. I doubt it ran anywhere near the run that LOEW’S CRESCENT had but then again the Austin was noted for long runs. Will check on my next library visit.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Even here our theatres pretty much played that movie and no one else did.They started all this day and date crap after i left pretty much.

TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

It maybe Mike that on this film and the 007s Pink Panthers and Rockys,Woody Allen flicks had an exclusive showing at the LOEWS CRESCENT, no one else in town or the burbs had these shows as first runs so they had to come downtown too see them there.If we had run day and date with other houses we would not have done nearly that much.Parking was our biggest problem downtown,not that there was enough it was that you had to pay,free parking at the suburb houses.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Wonder why it did that kind of business there.Nick,Tampa and Nashville are pretty close in size,did Tampa play “Cuckoos Nest” that long. I know it was one of the four movies that opened MASTERS 4 Cinemas here,then it went to SOUTHGATE Cinema,but never in our town did it have legs like that.I am going back to read Melrose. I too, have “CUCKOO’S NEST” one sheet.And we never played it that i can remember.

TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.NO we did not show JAWS.And yes I have the one sheet that was in the Now Showing attraction case for all that time,It went on the the LOEWS MELROSE and LOEWS MADISON for 3 more weeks after it left downtown,this story is on the LOEWS CRESCENT page.It had a good long run about halfway through the run it won all the Oscars and we started packing them back in,it even did better than adverage box office on it last week there.It was the longest run of any shows I worked.Even the 007s and Rockys would do 8 to 12 weeks at the most.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Tlsloews,i have reread what you wrote,are you talking of"JAWS" or what movie.What is the movie?

TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Great ad Nick.I will check out the Palace in Tampa.By the way I know of a film we played at the Loews Crescent 26 weeks at 5 shows a day tha ads up to 910 showings,the same movie for a half a year.

Nunzienick on May 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Bill sent me this ad years ago. I love it. Certainly one of the best cleverly designed ads I’ve ever seen. What great publicity for both Bill as well as the Imperial.

In case you haven’t yet seen the Palace Theatre in Tampa, I posted a few photos I took the day the building was demolished in 1979.

robinmitcham on May 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Nick, that’s a great ad. I’ve never seen it before!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Thanks Nick,wish Bill had a computer to see the great ad you put on.Have you put any more on,i am looking.

Nunzienick on May 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Mr. Barkley, Imperial Projectionist sees JAWS 257 times!
View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Yeah, your right,it is just that i love old theatres so much,{big surprize} that I want to read more,and feel others do,that is why i At least try for a paragraph when I introduce a new theatre and I know there is a lot of filler in those stories.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

You know i never throw any of your stuff away.don’t have to listen to Rochelle about my movietheatre basement anymore. Hey, I just submitted a bunch of area drive-ins to CT.Hopefully, they will pass inspection. You can see how in use my Journalism minor when you read all the added words to try and make a decent into like YOU do.
IT might be me but i hate read a one sentence intro on a new theatre.

Nunzienick on May 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Mike, No worries…it doesn’t cost a penney to do this. I’m also keeping an eye out for materials on the Imperial, National Hills, Columbia Square I & 2 and any other Augusta theatres and drive-ins. You’ve sent many clippings and photos which I still have (I never throw away any theatre materials) so I’ll be posting these as I come across them.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Nick, i am heading there now,Does this cost you extra money to do this ,if it does let me know and i will send a check down to Tampa.

Nunzienick on May 26, 2010 at 1:54 am

We’ll keep you happy Mike! I’ve got several boxes and folders of materials to go through so stand by. Thanks to the advice from Robin and Chuck on linking, otherwise I’d still be fumbling in the dark.
I posted a couple items on the 20th Century Drive-In page so take a look when you have a moment.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Nick, thanks so much for keeping my theatres alive.I know the IMPERIAL is still going strong, but to see COLUMBIA 1 and 2 and NATIONAL HILLS ads just make me so happy.And thank you too Robin.
Tlsloews,i am waiting for your theatres.Going to the Britton site now,Bye.

Nunzienick on May 25, 2010 at 2:14 am

Thanks Chuck. Yes, that’s how I’d love the photos and ads to appear. But in reviewing Flicker’s guidelines it appears they prefer that you use option 1 (the photostream link) when linking a photo you post on Flicker to another website. But I prefer to use option 2 as long as that’s not a problem with Flicker. I’d hate for them to disable the link at a later date. If that happens then I’ll just have to go with option 1. Thanks much for your advice! I have a ton of stuff to post for both Augusta and Tampa theatres. I just posted a 1973 re-opening ad for the Britton Cinema in Tampa…looks very nice.

robinmitcham on May 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Thanks Chuck….that helps me out too!

TLSLOEWS on May 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm

The whole page or partial page ads are great Nick,you can see what other theatres and movies were playing on that date,that could lead to more info on the theatres.Althought I do see that you are posting ads for the theatres page on C.T. Either way goes in my book.

Nunzienick on May 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Mike, The ads do look nice but I still need to figure how to post them so only one will be visible if there’s a way to do it.

Robin, Thanks for the tip. I’m almost certain I copied and pasted the url for the specific ad I wanted displayed. I tested it again using the preview window on CT but my photostream is sill showing in the background. So obviously I’m doing something wrong but I’ll figure it out…eventually!