Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Visitors to Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival on Friday will be able to witness the first lighting of the new Miller Theater marquee, the first time a marquee has lit up on the building since the theater closed in the mid-1980s.
According to a spokesperson for the theater, the marquee will unveil the new Miller Theater logo, along with listings of the first events to play at the Miller in 2018.
The original marquee was turned off in 1985 and had seen considerable damage due to age and exposure to the elements since that time. The new marquee designed and installed by Wagner Sign Company was designed to look like the original while updating it with modern LED video capabilities.
"We are thrilled to use the backdrop of the Arts in the Heart festival to unveil the Miller Marquee to the Augusta community that has worked so hard and waited so long for this beloved venue to be reanimated," said the Miller Theater's new General Manager Marty Elliott, "There is no better time than at a gathering of people who love the arts to reintroduce them to The Miller Theater."
The 1,300 seat Miller Theater will officially reopen to the public in January 2018 and will be the home of Symphony Orchestra Augusta. SOA will perform between seven and 14 events in the theater per year.
The venue will be managed by SMG, their goal is to produce more than 70 ticketed events each year at the Miller including concerts, comedy shows, family shows, and special events.
The Miller Theater was opened by Frank Miller in 1940 as a vaudeville and movie palace. The venue featured streamline Art Moderne architecture. It closed to the public in 1984. Efforts to restore and reopen the theater have been in place in 2009.