Imperial Theatre

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.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Hours of Operation
  • Tuesday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Tuesday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Wednesday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Wednesday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Thursday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Thursday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Friday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Friday Closing Time: 4 PM
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Reception Capacity 50
  • Theatre Capacity 841
  • Classroom Capacity 30
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50

Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue

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Wouldn't you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let The Second City and Slate do it for you! Yes, The Second City and Slate presentUnelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue, a 90-minute, fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard-hitting look at our election process.

Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue features some of Second City's finest performers, great Slate contributors and you!

Please join us at the Imperial Theatre on Wednesday, September 28th for a fun-filled evening that will have you rolling with laughter. Doors open // 7:30 p.m Show begins // 8:00 pm.

Two dollars of each ticket sold goes to the restoration of the Imperial Theatre.

A live, political comedy show - Rated R

Tickets are NOT available at the Imperial Theatre Box Office. For tickets visit the Westobou Gallery at 1129 Broad Street or call at 706-755-2878. 


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The heroine of her own story, Augusta's own soul siren Sharon Jones has lived a life filled with hard-earned successes, sudden set-backs and heroic comebacks. The most significant of these - a diagnoses of pancreatic cancer on the eve of a release of an album touted as her and her band's, the Dap-Kings, breakthrough - is documented in the new film Miss Sharon Jones!

The film, directed by two-time Academy Award-Winner® Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA and American Dream) transcends the expected artist profile, offering an intimate entree into the world of a determined woman fighting for her career, her musical family and, quite literally, her life.

Please join us at the Imperial Theatre on Friday, September 30th to witness this inspiring documentary. A Q&A with Sharon Jones and Barbara Kopple will immediately follow the screening. Doors open // 7:30 p.m. Film begins // 8 p.m.

Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks in "Some of a Thousand Words"

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Some of a Thousand Words is the second collaboration between Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks featuring music by the New York-based string quartet, Brooklyn Rider. The evening includes the duet First Fall, which Wendy and Brian first developed for Restless Creature (co-produced by The Joyce Theater in 2013). Described as "luminous" and a "tour de force" in the Boston Globe and "instantly intimate" in the Chicago Tribune, First Fall bears testament to the personal friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry which emerged from these two collaborators. Existing music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn and a new composition from Brooklyn Rider's own Colin Jacobsen will accompany the piece.

Please join us at the Imperial Theatre on Sunday, October 2nd to witness this breathtaking, contemporary dance performance. Doors open // 7:30 p.m.  Show begins // 8:00 p.m.

Morris Museum of Art and Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Presents Mountain Faith

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Even late in the afternoon when the shadow of Cowee Mountain stretches across the family tire shop, passersby can catch the bright notes of Appalachian, Americana, Roots music drifting from the back room of the service station where Mountain Faith – the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards nominated band from Sylva, North Carolina – rehearses between customers. Everybody’s there: Sam McMahan on bass,Summer McMahan playing the fiddle and singing lead and harmony. Brayden McMahan is on the banjo and singing harmony, Jimmy Meyer is on rhythm guitar and singing harmony. Cory Piatt picking the mandolin and David Meyer triples on guitar, fiddle and piano plus vocals, while Chris Wright plays out a beat on the drums.

Since 2000, Mountain Faith has played their unique brand of music to audiences at colleges, civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, festivals, parks, and churches across the United States and Canada. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent. Just before Thanksgiving 2015, the band traveled to the Persian Gulf and performed six concerts for our men and women serving in the military. Brayden commented ~ “Spending time with the troops and sharing our music with them was a life changing experience. We look forward to returning soon.”

Above all else, Mountain Faith is thankful for the opportunities God has provided them through music.

The Imperial Theatre presents The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: Haunted Hollywood

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The Imperial Theatre presents the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s “Haunted Hollywood”

Don a costume and join our Halloween party at the Imperial Theatre! This hugely entertaining and talented orchestra is the world’s only year-round professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music,” the syncopated sounds of the silent film era. This group will bring tears of laughter to your eyes as it aces the original scores of ghost-themed comedic silent films in its hilarious “Haunted Hollywood” production. Charismatic founder and maestro Rick Benjamin is just as entertaining between the movies!

All proceeds from the show will go to help the Imperial Theatre preserve its history. 

The silent films to be presented are The Adventurer with Charlie Chaplin, The Haunted House with Buster Keaton and Haunted Spooks with Harold Lloyd. 


The Greater Augusta Youth Theatre Presents Peter Pan

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Broadway's timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. Featuring iconic song "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring higher and never growing up.  

Student and Senior discounts are available!

Morris Museum of Art and Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Presents The Travelin' McCourys

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The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming.  Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.

Morris Museum of Art and Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Presents Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

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Due to The Willis Clan being cancelled, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will be replacing The Willis Clan at the Imperial Theatre on December 16th. 

Grammy Nominated Bluegrass Queen! 8-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year! 6-Time Grammy Nominee. Most Awarded Group in Bluegrass History!

Famously crowned as "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent's music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project "Taken" features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. With over eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass. 

O' Holy Night: Celebrating 20 Years of Christmas with John Berry

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Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" Between 1979 and 1990 John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label. Those early discs and John Berry's strong regional popularity attracted him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992 and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All The Time", "Change My Mind", "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", "Kiss Me In The Car", 'What's In It For Me", and "You and Only You". But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy.


John Berry began doing a Christmas tour in 1996 and this year will mark his 20th consecutive Christmas concert series.As John has grown in his walk with Christ, his calling has been to share God's love with his audience. Moving into a new phase in his career, John's tenor voice remains an instrument that is able to touch all our hearts.

Hollywood Stars Intl Mgmt Inc Presents Cinderella Performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs the enchanting story of wishes that really do come true.  Set to the music of S. Prokofiev and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, Cinderella is one of the most magical and hopeful of the storybook ballets. This full-scale production is choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, former Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Theater Ballet and “The Best Male Dancer of the 20th Century”.  

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia was founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, and is now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin.  The company has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world, and now tours the United States with 55 of Russia’s finest dancers in Cinderella.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia


Full-Length Ballet in Two Acts

Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev

Morris Museum of Art and Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Presents Sierra Hull

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Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammy awards than any female artist in history, says of Hull, “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.”

Hull came to us as a bluegrass thrush, a teen prodigy. Krauss called her to the Grand Ole Opry stage when Hull was 11-years-old. Two years later, she signed with Rounder Records, and soon became known as a remarkable mandolin player, a tone-true vocalist, and a recording artist of high order. She made two acclaimed albums. She played the White House, and Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and she became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.

Morris Museum of Art and Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Presents Hot Rize

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Hot Rize is a bluegrass band that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. Established in 1978, the founding members were Mike Scap (guitar), Tim O'Brien on mandolin and fiddle, Pete Wernick on banjo and Charles Sawtelle on bass. Mike Scap was almost immediately replaced by Nick Forster (electric bass), allowing Charles Sawtelle to switch to acoustic guitar.

The band played together and issued 6 studio albums until they disbanded in 1990. From 1991-98 the band played several reunion dates each year. Following the death in 1999 of Charles Sawtelle, Hot Rize re-grouped in 2002, adding Bryan Sutton to play the guitar.

In 2014 Hot Rize released the first studio album with Bryan Sutton, "When I'm Free", on Ten in Hands Records, and set out on their first tour in over 20 years in support of the record.