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Augusta Imperial Theatre

Charlie Chaplin appeared here in 1918 and since then this historic theater has been an important venue for entertainment in Augusta.

Go to Augusta Imperial Theatre for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. This theater has been one of Augusta’s main cultural centers for almost a century. Today, this historic venue hosts a variety of concerts, film festivals and theatrical performances. See a show by a local troop such as the Augusta Ballet or the Augusta Players.

The Augusta Imperial Theatre was originally opened in 1918 for the purpose of presenting vaudeville and photoplays. It’s now listed on the National Register as an important part of Augusta’s Broad Street Historical District. The theater has hosted celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, ballerina Anna Povlova and Leo Carrillo who is better known as Cisco Kid's partner, Poncho.

The theater is immediately recognizable by the large “Imperial” marquee that lights up its facade. Walk inside and admire its historic Edwardian style architecture. Look for the theater’s grand Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, an enormous organ installed in 1925 to accompany silent movies. It was created by the Rudolf Wurlitzer Company, then known for producing organs for some the country’s top theaters.

Settle back in one of its 853 plush velvet seats and enjoy the entertainment on stage. The theater hosts a range of events throughout the year. Check out the annual Poison Peach Film Festival, which features the work of Augusta’s local film community. You can also see a country music concert or a Broadway musical.

Go behind the scenes in a group tour. In the course of an hour, these guided tours introduce visitors to notable architectural details and access interesting parts of the theater, such as the dressing rooms and backstage area.

Buy tickets ahead of time to make sure you get a great seat at the Augusta Imperial Theatre. Purchase tickets online, in person at the box office or over the phone. Find the theater in downtown Augusta, a few blocks away from Augusta’s River Walk. Free parking is available on the street in front of the theater.

See some of the city’s most talented musicians, filmmakers and performers show off their skills at this landmark venue.


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Hyatt House Augusta Downtown CA $122
Hyatt House Augusta Downtown

Hyatt House Augusta Downtown

1268 Broad St, Augusta, GA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Convention Center and Meadow Garden are also within 10 minutes.

    Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center CA $156
    Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

    Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center

    2 10th St, Augusta, GA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Convention Center and Augusta Imperial Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

      Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown CA $100
      Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown

      Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown

      444 Broad St, Augusta, GA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Augusta Museum of History and Augusta Riverwalk. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and St. Paul's Episcopal Church are also within 10 minutes.

        Crowne Plaza North Augusta CA $141
        Crowne Plaza North Augusta

        Crowne Plaza North Augusta

        1060 Center St, North Augusta, SC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in North Augusta, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Augusta Riverwalk, Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Convention Center. Meadow Garden and The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Ramada Hotel & Conf Center by Wyndham Augusta Downtown CA $95
          Ramada Hotel & Conf Center by Wyndham Augusta Downtown

          Ramada Hotel & Conf Center by Wyndham Augusta Downtown

          640 Broad St, Augusta, GA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this hotel is steps away from Miller Theater and Augusta Museum of History. Augusta Imperial Theatre and Bell Auditorium are also within 10 minutes.

            Americas Best Value Inn Augusta Historic Downtown CA $79
            Americas Best Value Inn Augusta Historic Downtown

            Americas Best Value Inn Augusta Historic Downtown

            441 Broad St, Augusta, GA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Museum of History and Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art are also within 10 minutes.

              Ellis Street Urban Hideaway
              Ellis Street Urban Hideaway

              Ellis Street Urban Hideaway

              941 Ellis St, 101, Augusta, GA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Convention Center and Augusta Imperial Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

                Cozy Studio on Greene Street
                Cozy Studio on Greene Street

                Cozy Studio on Greene Street

                448 Greene St, 202, Augusta, GA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Museum of History and Bell Auditorium are also within 10 minutes.