Tag Archives: Theatres & Auditoriums of Coastal Georgia

Ritz Theatre, 1899, Brunswick

Originally home to the offices of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad and the Grand Opera House, the historic Ritz Theatre is a preservation success story. Thanks to the efforts of Heather Heath and the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association and the Fox Theatre Institute, the Ritz has returned to its rightful place as a cultural anchor for downtown Brunswick.

Brunswick Old Town Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Lucas Theatre, 1921, Savannah

Historic Lucas Theatre 1921 Savannah GA Marquee Lights Restoration Saved by Preservationists Picture Image Photo © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Designed by architect C. K. Howell and showman Arthur Lucas, who owned more than 40 theaters in the South, the Lucas closed as a movie house in 1976. Slated for demolition in 1986, it was re-imagined by a group of Savannah preservationists as the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Support from Clint Eastwood, Kevin Spacey and the cast of Forrest Gump, among countless others, has helped make the Lucas a premier Savannah performance space once again. It is now operated with assistance from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Savannah Historic District, National Historic Landmark

 

 

 

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Historic Savannah Theatre, 1948

Historic Savannah Theatre Savannah GA Marquee Oldest Continually Operating in United States Art Deco Remodel 1948 Picture Image Photo © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Billed as the oldest continually operating theatre in the United States, the Savannah Theatre was founded in 1818 and the present structure, retaining traces of the original, was remodeled to its present Art Deco appearance after a fire in 1948. Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, W. C. Fields, and Edwin Booth are among the many notables to have performed in this space over its history.

Savannah Historic District, National Historic Landmark

 

 

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Wells Theater, 1942, Kingsland

This theater, opened by J. Nolan Wells around 1942, was also known as the Camden Theater.

Kingsland Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Relighting of the Ritz Theatre Sign, Brunswick

Originally built as the Grand Opera House and headquarters of the Brunswick & Birmingham Railroad, the Ritz Theatre is now maintained by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association. The Fox Theatre Institute was a primary supporter of the effort to relight its historic sign, and a huge crowd was on hand for the ceremony.

 

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