Miller Theatre

708 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Architects: Roy A. Benjamin

Functions: Community Arts Center, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Miller Theatre

The Miller Theatre, designed in Art Moderne style, complete with narrow ivory stucco facade, that was relieved by three bands of glass block, and a circular neon marquee, opened in 1938. It was designed by architect Roy A. Benjamin, whose other notable theatre’s include the San Marco Theatre and Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, and the Marion Theatre in Ocala, FL. The entrance to the auditorium was through a 165 foot long x 40 foot wide arcade. Seating the auditorium was in orchestra and balcony levels.

In 1957, the world premiere of the movie “The Three Faces of Eve” starring Joanne Woodward, a Georgia native, took place at the Miller Theatre. The two psychiatrists who wrote the book on which the film was based were from Augusta.

The theater closed in 1983, and went through a lengthy restoration project. It re-opened September 15, 2017 as a community arts centre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 222 comments)

ghamilton on November 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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 .

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on May 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm

May 12, 2016 article in the Augusta Chronicle reports a $50,000 grant for restoration purposes.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Better version of the August 1964 photo added via Bob Russell. Originally posted in a comment in 2010 from a magazine or newspaper.

mikerogerstheatre on March 19, 2017 at 1:31 am

should reopen as a center for the local arts in 2017..

HenrySchmidt on March 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

I’m hoping that this newest incarnation of the Miller will preserve all of the architectural elements that make it distinctive, and an asset to the community. Now if only the movies of today were as good as those I watched there back in the ‘40s and '50s….

mikerogerstheatre on March 29, 2017 at 1:54 am

no kidding, THE MILLER and IMPERIAL were A theatres at one time…

Mikerogerstheatres on September 16, 2017 at 4:09 am

THE MILLER THEATRE reopened tonight for the local arts,Needs to be added as an open theatre on here, thanks.Sept 15 2017.

DavidZornig on September 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

News story with video of the marquee.

angelamaskey on October 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Complimentary tickets to open house on January 7th will be available soon on the new website. Enjoyed talking to so many people about the Miller during Arts in the Heart! Angela Maskey, Miller volunteer

Brandon Barkley
Brandon Barkley on June 14, 2023 at 4:44 pm

Free movies are shown here approximately once a month with concessions available for purchase. The best that I could tell, the movies are played from a Blu-ray (or similar high definition home video source) through a commercial projection system. The screen is fairly large and nice though. It is pleasant to be in such a large and historic auditorium.

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