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

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 21st 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.

 

"Sleeping Beauty" Performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

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Presented by Hollywood Stars Intl Mgmt Inc

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

 SLEEPING BEAUTY

 Ballet - féerie in two acts with a prologue and an apotheosis

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Marius Petipa

Production by Anatoly Emelianov

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia -now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin - presents the most passionate love story Ballet.

This full-scale production is choreographed by very Famous Choreographer Marius Petipa based on Brothers Grimm's version, where love help to be in life. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this celebration of true love onto our stage and into our hearts.

   

Southern Soul & Song: The Boxcars

  • Imperial Theatre

Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: The Boxcars

The Boxcars, a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass ensemble, is comprised of former members of Lonesome River Band, Union Station, Blue Mon Rising, and J.D. Crowe’s band New South, among others. These seasoned musicians will perform at the Imperial Theatre for the first time. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

The Boxcars

  • Imperial Theatre

   

Presented by Morris Museum of Art Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song

The Boxcars is an American Bluegrass band. In addition to being Grammy-nominated, the band has received numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards both as a group and individually.The Boxcars were founded by Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett, John Bowman, and Harold Nixon. They released their debut self-titled album in 2010 and were nominated for numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards the year after. In 2014, Bowman left the group to focus on his career of preaching and singing in churches, releasing a solo album in June of that year. Bowman was replaced by Gary Hultman in June 2014.

 

 

   

Sam Bush

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Presented by Morris Museum of Art Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song

If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage.

“I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”

That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others.

“I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, ‘Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,’” Bush says. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, ‘I hope you enjoy the stories.’ It’s my singer-songwriter record.”

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

 

 

 

Southern Soul & Song: Sam Bush

  • Imperial Theatre

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: Sam Bush

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride, mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush returns to rock the Imperial Theatre. He’s a fan favorite who just gets better and better. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!