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

Imperial Theatre Presents Wizard of Oz (1939 Film)

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

 

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. 

 

SOLD OUT! 

We will have a limited amount of tickets available for walk ups day of the film! 

Imperial Theatre Presents Cyber Summer Theatre Camp

The Imperial Theatre is offering a unique opportunity for students, ranging from rising 8th graders to high school and college students to learn the technical aspects of theatre during the  Cyber Summer Theatre Camp which will run from Monday,  June 24th   thru Friday, June 28th, 2019. Attendees will learn about the use of computers, electronic technology and web-based platforms that support the technical aspects of theatre and the interdisciplinary approach taken by the crew leaders and members to provide the highest level of service for performing arts organizations and promoters who rent the theatre for their productions, as well as a magical and meaningful experience for their patrons. Each day of the class will focus on a particular aspect of theatre crafts including technical direction, lighting, audio/sound, rigging, box-office administration, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a review of safety including automated fire systems.   Classes will take place in the Imperial Theatre from 9am to 1pm each day. The registration fee is$150.00 per student with scholarships available on a case-by-case basis for economically challenged students. Teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarships on behalf of their student.

The Imperial Theatre  is a non-profit community theatre which serves as the “home” to the Colton Ballet, the Augusta Players, and the Morris Museum of Art’s “Southern Soul and Song” music series. The Columbia County Ballet has been performing in their holiday production of the “The Nutcracker” in the Imperial for years.

While there are a variety of wonderful learning and training opportunities for students with an interest in performing arts, whether it is theatrical, dance forms or music, there is little training available locally that includes a comprehensive overview of the various technical disciplines associated with stage craft.  The Cyber Summer Theatre Camp is intended to provide an overview for individuals interested in learning more about the technical aspects of theatre in the 21st Century.  Funding for this project comes from the Greater Augusta Arts Council re-grant of funds from Augusta, Richmond County.

Imperial Theatre Presents Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind   is a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner. It follows her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

 

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. 

SOLD OUT! 

We will have a limited amount of tickets available for walk ups day of the film! 

Imperial Theatre Presents Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as NASA engineer Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.

 

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. 

Sun Events Presents Peace & Love Tour: Tribute to Woodstock

Peace and Love Tour: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Era

Return to Woodstock with 2 hours of peace and music. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of a rock and roll moment that changed history. Relive the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Who & more from the Woodstock era as performed live by the national touring Paisley Craze Band. Come early to enjoy the pre-show festivities, including Woodstock trivia, tie-dye merchandise, photo-booths and much more!

Pre-Show Activities start at 5:30PM! 

VIP Tickets include t shirt and tour CD. 

Imperial Theatre Presents Zootopia

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. 

 

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. 

Imperial Theatre Presents Selma

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams,Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Common as Bevel.

 

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. 

Sherry Management Presents Faces of Elvis

Elvis rose to stardom with the frenetic, rockabilly sound of the  l1950s. Relive the magic of Elvis career Live onstage  from the beginning to through smooth, big vocal of the 1970s.

Starring Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Dwight Icenhower, Taylor Rodriguez, named by Graceland we one of the top five Elvis entertainers in 2017 and Augusta Georgia own, Jason Sikes.

The Imperial Theatre Presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy taleby the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length cel animated feature film and the earliest Disney animated feature film. The story was adapted by storyboard artists Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears and Webb Smith. David Hand was the supervising director, while William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen directed the film's individual sequences.

 

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. 

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. 

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