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 1900s, 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 Pavlova. 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

Poison Peach Special Edition

We have so many fabulous films in Augusta that we had to create a special summer edition of the Poison Peach Film Festival! The program begins at 7 pm both days, both nights are family-friendly, and only $10 admission each night.

Friday night opens with a short film block, including Jezibell Anat's music video for Brave Boys in Gray, followed by two Civil War feature films by Christopher Forbes. The Burning of Atlanta is about the famous fire in the warehouse district, and Kill Cavalry tells the story of Union General Judson Kilpatrick, nicknamed "Kill Cavalry" for his reckless battle tactics.

Saturday night opens with The Idols of March, an anthology curated by Christine Williams showcasing fifteen local filmmakers. Our feature presentation is the complete saga of Die by the Sword, an epic tale of battle and magic in Dark Age Britain, written by Jezibell Anat and directed by Christopher Forbes. Based on pre-Arthurian legends, Die by the Sword tells the story of King Vortigern, whose realm is under assault by the Picts from the North after the Romans have left. To help him protect his land, Vortigern brings in the Saxon chiefs Hengest and Horsa, along with the sorceress Rowena, with disastrous consequences for the Britons. Fortunately the old Druid Myrddin and the Guineveres retain their ancient magic, and two young boys grow up to become heroes.

Please join us for two exciting evenings of local independent filmmakers. The directors and casts will be there as well.