Miller Theater

The South delivered my first stand alone theater.  Though the building was in a state of semi-ruin, it was slowly being restored by several investors and hopefully within the next few years will see some progress.

Sadly most of the internal objects and fixtures had been removed; including the seating. However, signs still remained from it’s active years.  The art-deco theme was almost overwhelming at some points; the sea foam green and pink accenting acted only to burn my eyes.

I was very sad to hear that almost all the interior lights had burnt out and no one had the cash to replace them.  The entire auditorium was lit by a single, balcony-mounted, floodlight that didn’t offer any justice to the beauty of the architecture. However, with all the missing lights and the empty interior, I couldn’t help but to play a little Fur Elise and just listen to it echo.

The upper floors offered the foyer balcony and projection room. Again, the art-deco was painful:

What I found to be the best part of the Miller was the “leftovers” from it’s conversion from apartment building to theater way back in the early days of Augusta. Originally, the building was used as middle class apartments until it was sold to a developer and gutted to an almost hollow shell. From there the building was slowly converted to its current function. The only parts that remain from the apartment complex are found through a back office and a closet door. There are two apartments that are left semi-intact, kinda. These rooms only survive because they are holding up the front marque and proved useful for maintenance purposes.

Hopefully, the Miller gets the money it needs to survive. If you would like to help, please visit: Miller-Theater.org/

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2 Responses to “Miller Theater”

  1. Love these! I am always jealous when someone can find good Southern Abandonments. They are generally so well hidden, because everyone used to live on large plots of land. Badass darlyn!

  2. Holy crap, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna aid me when I am thinking about going to Regal Exchange 20 in Augusta! I am from Clearwater so I am not familiar with Augusta. Next time I visit my family will be so much better! Very Fab!

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