Progress: The Miller Theater reconstruction got underway in the fall of 2016. This $22 million project includes not only the Miller Theater it self at 708 Broad Street but also the adjoining building at 710 Broad Street formerly known as Cullum’s department store. The 710 Broad Street building will house a music institute on the second floor and the theater’s restrooms and performer dressing rooms at ground level. Altogether, the project totals 60,000 square feet. Renovations will be complete in time for a January 2018 grand opening.
The Imperial Theater is undergoing a major electrical overhaul, upgrades to the heating and air conditioning systems and beautifying the interior of the building. Other projects are also on the horizon such as the addition of another stairwell to the exterior and restoration of the theater’s pipe organ. As the Imperial Theater heads into its centennial year in 2018, plans are underway to mark this very special year with quarterly events.
Performing Arts Center – The Augusta Tomorrow board has had many discussions with performing arts center architects, developers and programmers as a first step in understanding the intricacies of moving forward with this development. The Board has made multiple trips to other southeastern cities that operate successful performing arts centers to discuss their performing arts center development and ongoing programming. Discussions about the need for a state-of-the-art performing arts center was at the heart of many community meetings prior to the development of this Urban Area Master Plan. Residents voiced over and over again that Augusta needed a world-class performing arts center while maintaining the current arts district and unique venues. Development of a performing arts center will require city and state resources in addition to private funding.