Built back in 1940, Augusta's Miller Theater was a staple for entertainment but that's not the case anymore. Now, a group of volunteers are trying to change that but they need your help to do it. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop explains.
Tuesday night, an "Open Call" event will be held to help document the story of The Miller. Volunteers with the project are asking folks from across the CSRA to bring their memories with them. Whether it's pictures or memorabilia, those restoring The Miller want it. A documentary filmmaker will also be on-hand, conducting interviews with those who wish to share their stories pertaining to The Miller. All of this is an effort to help bring back a major entertainment landmark to the Garden City.
"To have all of that come back downtown to Augusta, and to be able to chronicle that and preserve that, is just everything to us. Historical preservation is one of the keys to this project being such an important part of Augusta's future to preserve its past," said Levi Hill, Project Chair for The Miller renovation project.
"Our plans for the Miller are to revive it historically, but also to make some changes in the Miller that will allow performances to stage here. Dramatic performances, dance, most any kind of music, symphony, The Symphony Orchestra Augusta is leading the project to renovate the Miller and it will be the symphony's home," said Hill.
The "Open Call" event will be held Tuesday night at The Miller, located at 708 Broad Street, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tours will also be available.
Anyone who cannot come by on that day is encouraged to email, mail, or drop off mementos during business hours at the SOA office at Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Greene Street. Photos and information can also be emailed to TheMillerTheater@gmail.com or call the Symphony office at (706) 826-4705.
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