Symphony Orchestra of Augusta
Miller Theatre Renovation
The Symphony Orchestra of Augusta (SOA) selected a design team, led by Lord Aeck Sargent Architecture, to provide full design services for the rehabilitation of the 1940's Miller Theater on Broad Street in Augusta.
This mid-century building was at one time the second-largest movie palace in Georgia and is one of the few remaining Art Modern-style buildings left in the country. Since its closure in 1984, the building has fallen into disrepair. However, the SOA intends to breathe new life back into this significant historic structure, located in the heart of downtown Augusta, by transforming it into a symphony hall with flexibility for other uses including theatrical performances, amplified music performances, opera and ballet.
Additions to the existing Miller theater are envisioned to include an expanded stage house to the rear of the building and expanded patron spaces and amenities through the use of a building directly adjacent to the main entrance of the Miller theater. In addition to this expansion, modifications to the original movie theater are designed to refine the natural acoustics of the space for SOA and to make the space flexible for other venues. Existing historic features will be restored, including an aluminum ticket booth, terrazzo flooring, plaster, wood and marble features, original art moderne doors and lighting fixtures, and the original façade which includes stucco, glass block, aluminum fins and a large marquee.