Symphony Orchestra Augusta to announce plans for Miller Theater

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 7:29 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 9:40 AM
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Symphony Orchestra Augusta is inviting the community to a formal announcement about its plans for the Miller Theater at 10 a.m. today.

SOA announced the meeting, which will be held at the Miller Theater at 708 Broad St., in an e-mail Thursday evening. It doesn’t say what those plans are for the historic theater on Broad Street in downtown Augusta.

“The community is welcome to a brief public announcement of the vote at tonight’s Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board of Directors meeting regarding Peter Knox’s generous offer to donate the historic Miller Theater to our organization,” board President Joe Huff wrote in the e-mail. “After three years of detailed studies, a final decision has been made. We welcome the Miller’s patient and loyal fans to hear about the intensive process, led by the dedicated Levi Hill IV.”

Questions won’t be taken during the announcement, Huff said, but “we did not want to delay in sharing our news with an anxious public.”

He added that a formal news conference with a question-and-answer session and additional details will be held later.

“We know the restoration of the Miller is an integral part of our city’s downtown revitalization and as such, has given this process all of the due diligence it deserves,” Huff said.

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countyman
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countyman 09/22/11 - 07:54 pm
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Millions of dollars in splost

Millions of dollars in splost funds are waiting in the background. It's time to renovated the Miller, private construction is taking place all around the CBD...

Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/22/11 - 08:20 pm
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Meh...

Meh...

corgimom
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corgimom 09/22/11 - 08:36 pm
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I think they are going to say

I think they are going to say that they don't have the money to restore it.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/22/11 - 11:15 pm
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It's basically a run down

It's basically a run down shell with memories more abundant than substance.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 09/23/11 - 05:17 am
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bleh
Unpublished

bleh

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/23/11 - 06:23 am
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snort..

snort..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/23/11 - 06:41 am
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Art moderne as an Airstream

Art moderne as an Airstream trailer.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/23/11 - 06:51 am
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I'm waiting ...

I'm waiting ...

DLCJ
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DLCJ 09/23/11 - 09:18 am
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Looks like they are taking it

Looks like they are taking it on. I was hoping it would be given to Paine College for their Media Studies and Drama programs.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/23/11 - 09:22 am
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YES they are taking it

YES they are taking it on...with plans to reduce the size of the theater by about 300 seats...mainly in the balcony.

God luck to them...they are going to need it...but the Miller is a theater worth saving, no doubt!

Vito45
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Vito45 09/23/11 - 09:26 am
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Kudos to them for stepping

Kudos to them for stepping up; but I fear it will be like so much else around here; generally not well supported by the public. Eating is the prime recreation around here, not attending the symphony or other cultural activities. The Imperial is barely hanging on from what I see with attendance and scheduled events.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/23/11 - 09:38 am
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vito-vito-vito.......Eating

vito-vito-vito.......Eating is our prime entertainment you say????

May I ask....what part of the country would please you?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/23/11 - 09:47 am
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Btw ...My daughters go to

Btw ...My daughters go to programs at the Imperial all the time...also to downtown events (I know ctyman will like that)& they enjoy the events......they also eat at many nice restaurants in the CSRA!!

Vito45
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Vito45 09/23/11 - 10:09 am
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Yep, SB4, eating is

Yep, SB4, eating is recreation in the CSRA. Just drive by most any restaurant (and Lord knows we have PLENTY of them) around 6pm and there is a line waiting to be seated .
Contrast that with poorly attended entertainment events I've witnessed myself (like your daughters, my wife and I like downtown and seek reasons to go there for entertainment), and I draw that conclusion. Heck, several years ago a Willie Nelson concert was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Poor attendance scuttled our ECHL hockey team. I'm not sure how the GJ's stay in business considering the attendance I see when I go to games. Arena Football flopped due to poor attendance, as did minor pro basketball. But restaurants? People out the door at dinner time; even in these difficult economic times.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/23/11 - 10:32 am
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vito....I think the economy

vito....I think the economy has more to do with the attendance slumping......people have to eat, they don't have to attend a movie-play-game & etc.------My family have been going to games--play tennis---golf---plays---events in downtown ...but only because they have been lucky so far & their living expenses haven't been slashed.....some of their friends haven't been so lucky & their lifestyle has changed.......
Yesterday I had to call a mortgage company & I got arep in another country---made me mad---lousy service--hold time was more than 15 minutes ---so I wrote them a letter....I told them how unhappy I am with their service reps & their so-called service department & I will be looking for another company to handle this loan....
We are losing jobs by the millions & it isn't just the poor on freebies that's killing us.....we have been blind sided by many factors & all at one time....
out-sourcing
illegals
costly wars
too many bennies
robots
and a government making decisions w/o any concern of the damage they are doing to the regular tax-paying employee....
It makes me sick sometimes......we have to join together & change this.

Vito45
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Vito45 09/23/11 - 10:39 am
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Sb4, my thoughts are that in

Sb4, my thoughts are that in tough economic times, eating out would be one of the first places to conserve. I know in Atlanta my son has seen a marked decrease in restaurant crowds as opposed to 4 or 5 years ago.

Not in Augusta/Evans though. People do have to eat but I believe most could eat a heck of a lot cheaper at home.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/23/11 - 10:49 am
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I wish the AS much success in

I wish the AS much success in restoring the Miller. However, I think it'll be too expensive- whatever the estimates are to rehab a building, double it and then maybe it'll be correct- and the Symphony is struggling as it is.

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 09/23/11 - 01:18 pm
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Bad news for The Miller

Bad news for The Miller

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