745 Broad Street,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Wells 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.
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