A Hat Party: An Imperial Theatre Gala Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

The Imperial Theatre and SRP Federal Credit Union Present: A Hat Party: An Imperial Theatre Gala Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

The Imperial Theatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year! Help us celebrating by attending a Gala for The Imperial Theatre. 

The Hat Party is a reception that will include hor d'oeuvres, drinks, a photo booth and spectacular hats! 

After the reception, there will be a free concert by the JAMP Band and a free screening of the Marx Brothers film "Day at the Races".

The Wells, Augusta's Theatre Beautiful was built for the presenting of vaudeville and photoplays to the community by Mr. Jake Wells. The Theatre opened on Monday, February 18, 1918. After the acquisition of several other local theatres by Lynch Enterprises, The Wells Theatre's was changed to The Imperial Theatre. Throughout the early 1900's the theatre continued to provide the city of Augusta and the surrounding area with great entertainment. Included in this bill of fare was Leo Carrillo who later became the Cisco Kid's partner, Poncho; and the famous ballet dancer Anna Povlova. It is in the Broad Street Historical District and is listed on the National Register as important to the character of the entire district. Although it is a certainty that a large number of celebrities of the day must have graced the stage of the theatre only a few are documented in the Imperial Theatre's archives. Among the earliest recorded appearances was the visit of Charlie Chaplin, who appeared at the theatre on April 18, 1918 selling Liberty war bonds. Today, the historic Imperial Theatre serves as downtown Augusta's home for the performing arts. Audiences can see Ballet, Broadway Plays and Musicals, Concerts from both local and international artists and more on the Imperial stage.