Augusta, Georgia , second-largest city in GA and home to the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament and the late, great James Brown, is also home to a number of theatrical venues. Shows range from stage plays by local amateurs and community theaters, to theatrical productions by professional theatre companies.
Although Augusta has a huge entertainment culture, including music and other events, this article will focus mainly on theatre / stage. From the modern to the iconic, here is a list of some of my favorite places to enjoy everything from stage plays and dinner theater to broadway-type shows and productions, and to get a taste of Augusta’s flourishing and diverse performing arts community.
Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, I encourage you to attend a show at one of Augusta’s new theaters, or one of her old, historic beautiful theatres. To help you decide where to start, I’ve put together a list of venues, production companies and troupes.
749 Broad Street
Augusta GA 30901
Originally named ‘The Wells’, the Imperial Theatre opened in 1918. Charlie Chaplin appeared at The Imperial in that same year. Offering a wide-ranging number and type of stage productions, movie screenings, ballet, film festivals, and much more, the Imperial is an historic Augusta icon.
Tours are available at no charge (call to schedule). Season tickets are available, and you can also sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date on events.
Le Chat Noir
304 8th street
Augusta GA 30901
Unique, innovative, and often boundary-pushing, Le Chat Noir is a newer theater in Augusta. The theater seats about 80 people, creating an atmosphere of intimate involvement.
Enjoy a cocktail and mingle with other patrons before the show. Be sure to get your tickets early –show sell out fast. Season tickets are available.
Sign up for their newsletter for more information on upcoming events, including plays, improvisation and other types of productions, .
Le Chat also offers acting classes for children.
Broadway in Augusta
712 Telfair St.
Augusta, GA 30901
The Broadway offers traditional broadway fare and popular stage productions, as well as musicals and concerts.
All performances are held at The William Bell Auditorium.
Season tickets are available, and you can register on their site for a newsletter and special offers.
Storyland Theatre, Inc.
P.O. Box 14875
Augusta, GA 30919
A not-for-profit organization, Storyland performs locally written, original plays and musicals for children and families.
They also offer student-teacher enrichment experiences, including lesson plans and education ideas, and financial aid to ensure all can participate.
Storyland’s performances are held at The Imperial Theatre.
Please visit their website for more information on shows and programs.
Ft. Gordon Dinner Theatre
3rd Avenue, Building 32100
Enjoy dinner and a stage production at Ft. Gordon Dinner Theatre.
Located on Fort Gordon military base, “home of the Signal Corps, the largest communication-electronics facility in the free world”, Ft. Gordon Dinner Theatre opens its doors to the entire community –civilians as well as military.
Sign up for their mailing list for more information.
Augusta Mini Theatre
2548 Deans Bridge Road
Augusta, Georgia 30906
Augusta Mini-Theatre is a non-profit performance theater and community arts school.
A haven for artists as well as youth and at-risk community members, Augusta Mini Theatre is a multi-disciplinary community theater with a mission, providing not only entertainment, but also opportunity.
Contact them for more information about upcoming performances as well as information on classes and programs.
The Augusta Players
1301 Greene Street, Suite 304
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Since 1945, The Augusta Players has been one of the most popular and entertaining troupes in Augusta, performing broadway caliber plays and productions, providing an outlet for both professional and amateur performers, and offering children’s and youth theatre.
They are non-profit and provide a showcase for local talent, bringing the community together through a variety of programs, disciplines, and of course … the shows.
Productions are held at The Imperial Theatre. Visit their site for more information and to sign up for their newsletter.
The Miller Theater
Finally, one of my own personal favorites, The Miller Theater. I’ve attended a lot of theater as an adult, but The Miller Theatre takes me right back to childhood. I can recall attending so many shows with my family, and though I was very young, I have fond memories of this special place. Both stage performance and movie showings were held at The Miller, and though I only saw movies there, I can imagine the splendor of the stage.
The Miller Theatre is a true historical gem. At its opening on February 26, 1940, people came from all over the country to attend. Among the attendees — Clark Gable and Mickey Rooney. In 1957, “The Three Faces of Eve” movie premier was held at The Miller Theatre.
Unfortunately, the theater closed in 1984, but plans are underway to bring it back to life, and restoration efforts have already begun.
If you’d like to know more about The Miller or if you would like to get involved, please go the website, or go to The
Friends of the Miller website to see how you can be a part of bringing back a part of Augusta’s history.
Be sure to check back regularly with all the venues and troupes, as productions regularly change and new performance seasons begin.
Enjoy your night of theater!
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