MILLER STORY

To have questions answered or get further information, please contact:

MARTY S. ELLIOTT

GENERAL MANAGER

melliott@milleraugusta.com

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MILLER STORY

To have questions answered or get further information, please contact:

MARTY S. ELLIOTT

GENERAL MANAGER

melliott@milleraugusta.com

OUR JOURNEY

For more than 20 years, the name Frank J. Miller was synonymous with entertainment in Augusta, GA. Through his company Augusta Amusements, he and his partners operated five downtown theaters and the brightest star in that constellation was the Miller.

In 1938, Jacksonville-based architect Roy Benjamin was commissioned to design a theater large enough to accommodate the city’s growing audiences. The result was a beautiful Art Moderne-style building that featured Italian marble terrazzo, black walnut millwork and a performance stage framed by fluted columns and hand-painted panels. Named after its founder, the Miller Theater seated over 1600 patrons and was the second largest theater in Georgia, behind only Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

The Miller opened in February of 1940 with a sold-out performance of “A Night at the Moulin Rouge”, beginning what would be a 40-year run as one of Augusta’s premier entertainment destinations. Hundreds of movies, musical acts and other memorable events found an audience at the Miller Theater.

The theater closed in 1984, falling into disrepair until 2005, when Augusta businessman and philanthropist Peter Knox IV bought it with the goal of preservation. After installing a new roof and updated ventilation system and removing water-damaged carpets and fixtures, Mr. Knox began considering what would be best for the theater and community moving forward. In 2008, Mr. Knox offered the Miller Theater to Symphony Orchestra Augusta (SOA) as a performing venue and home and, after extensive feasibility studies, the Symphony Board of Directors accepted his generous offer.

A capital campaign was launched, and in June 2016, thanks to the generosity of the community and many foundations, coupled with SPLOST funds and federal and state historic preservation tax credits, enough funding was in place to break ground.

The renovation project, which has spanned more than seven years and cost nearly $25 million, is a testament to the volunteers and donors who believed there was real worth in not only preserving an important piece of Augusta history, but also providing its symphony orchestra a permanent home and the community a state-of-the-art venue designed with a variety of artists and stage performances in mind.

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for standing by us and the promoters of live events as we work through this unprecedented situation. While we are following all mandates, we are also working with each event individually to reschedule as many as possible for future dates.

 

We do know that there will be no public events at the Miller Theater until at least April 24.

 

If you are holding a ticket for an event scheduled before that date, please look for updated information on the ticket page for that show. If you do not see updated information yet, that means we are still working on new dates.  All tickets for the original date will be honored for any rescheduled dates and once the rescheduled dates are announced, we will offer full refunds for anyone who cannot attend the new date. This will allow those who have purchased to keep their seats, which is what our fans have asked of us.   

 

Please keep in mind that our local box office hours will be reduced but assistance is still available by phone through our Etix call center. We appreciate your patience as we are not able to answer all individual questions at this time. We are all working to get through this and we look forward to meeting you here at the Miller Theater for your next show.

     
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