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

Read It, Learn It and Watch It : A FREE Summer Family Fun Film Series

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"The Wizard Of Oz"                    Sat, June 11th at 10AM
"Babe"                                        Sat, June 18th at 10AM
"James and the Giant Peach"    Sat, July 9th at 10AM
"Jumanji"                                    Sat, July 16th at 10AM
"Balto"                                        Sat, July 23rd at 10AM
"The Muppet Movie"                  Sat, July 30th at 10AM

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!

WNBF Presents 2016 WNBF Pro Bikini Extravaganza

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The pre-judge show is at 10am and the fully judged show is at 6pm. 

The pre-judge show is $20 and general admission. 

The fully judged show prices are $25-$50 and reserved seating.

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

Ed Turner and Number 9: Rock and Soul Revue

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The Junior League of Augusta Presents

Ed Turner and Number 9

Rock and Soul Revue

August 12th and 13th at 7:30pm!


19 SOLD OUT Imperial Theatre Concerts says it all!

Don't miss out as these shows will sell out!


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. 



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Michael Viator creates a fanciful adventure in Wonderland with his original Alice.  This full length creation is coming to the Imperial Theatre stage in honor of the theater's coming 100th anniversary.  Don't miss this stunning visual fantasy as Alice falls through the rabbit hole and begins her adventures with the fantastic inhabitants of Wonderland. With vibrant colors and powerful music score, Alice's Mad Hatter kicks off the fun with his frolicking party and bizarre comrades.  Mark the date, come join the party.  Alice, at the Imperial, September 16, 7:00 pm.

Due to Arts in the Heart being the same night, we will have parking passes for the parking lot on 8th and Reynolds behind the theatre. Parking Passes are $5 per vehicle.