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

General
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
Anna
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Charlie
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50

The Augusta Players Present Ragtime: The Musical

Opening The Augusta Players’ 75th Anniversary Season is an epic musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America telling the story of three families united by their courage, compassion and belief in the pursuit of the American Dream. “One of the best shows ever written” fills the stage with emotion, pageantry and hope like no other musical!

For Season Tickets contact the Augusta Players at 706-826-4707.

Southern Soul and Song Series Appalachian Road Show and Darrell Scott

The Morris Museum of Art presents the Southern Soul and Song Series Appalachian Road and Darrell Scott on October 11 at the imperial Theatre.

The Queen's Cartoonists

The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy.

Behind the project is a single question is it possible to create jazz and classical music in the 21st century that appeals to everyone? Even people who normally wouldn’t go to concerts? The Queen’s Cartoonists present a concert for everybody – regardless of age, gender, or familiarity with the concert hall.

Tying this diverse concert together are comedic anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts performance, preservation, and education. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation, and elements of a musical circus!

Since their inception in 2015, The Queen’s Cartoonists have brought their unique sound to performing arts centers in over 20 states and have opened for the New York Philharmonic. The 6 members, all currently living in Queens, New York, are world-class professional musicians. The band has been featured in numerous major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Mashable, and on NPR.

Net proceeds with go the the Imperial Theatre's Capital Improvement fund to fund continuing renovations. 

Imperial Theatre Presents A Man For All Seasons

The film depicts the final years of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and refused to take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the role in the film, starring alongside Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles and Susannah York. Also appearing are Nigel Davenport, Leo McKern, Corin Redgrave and, in one of his earliest screen roles, John Hurt.

Tickets will not be mailed. If will call is selected you can pick them up at the box office Tuesday-Friday 10am- 4pm.

The event is free, but a ticket is needed for entry. 

Colton Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

The holiday season brings to mind family, friends and…The Nutcracker! Come and experience the same magic and grandeur that Ron Colton brought to Augusta in 1971. Your entire family will enjoy this classic holiday tale that has become a tradition in the CSRA. Join us as Colton Ballet Company of Augusta brings this holiday favorite to life during the 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend!

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

The Augusta holiday, family-favorite is back! Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this thrilling Broadway adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known story. Filled with marvelous music, elaborate costumes and a joyful message; we’re thrilled to make it a part of this anniversary season. It’s an Augusta Players tradition!

23rd Annual Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry

Join the Imperial Theatre on December 16 from 7 PM to 9 PM for the 23rd Annual Christmas Songs and Stories with John Berry.

Classical Arts Entertainment Presents Romeo and Juliet Performed by National Ballet Theatre of Odessa

From the same company that brought Swan Lake last year!

 

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross’s lovers take their life;

Whose misadventure piteous overthrows

Do with their death bury their parents' strife.

W. Shakespeare 

 

 

The Augusta Players Present Mamma Mia!

Over 60 million people have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music! ABBA’s timeless songs propel this enchanting fable of love, laughter, friendship and family, creating the ultimate feel-good show!

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

The Augusta Players Present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Dreams really do come true in this timeless tale for the entire family! The new Broadway adaptation expands on the original and includes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. PLUS new music alongside a hilarious and romantic story for all ages. It’s the “happily ever after” show that has something for everyone!