Contri Date: November 7th, 2010 - The Lucas Theater - Reynolds Square, Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia.
Last weekend we took a three day mini-vacation to Savannah in celebration of Red's 55th. Thought I'd share a few of our images for the next few days from a wonderfully traditional southern city filled with the sights and flavors of a slower paced, friendlier life than we are used to.
Strolling one of dozens of Squares in Savannah, a walk through Reynolds Square will allow views of such notable Savannah Landmarks as the Lucas Theater.. Savannah, Georgia - November, 2010
(Exerpted from http://www.scad2.scad.edu) The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. Howell designed theaters across the country and Lucas owned more than 20 theaters throughout the South, though the Lucas Theatre in Savannah is the only one to bear his name. For the next 40 years, the Lucas Theatre became a favorite venue for talkies, musicals, traveling troupes, revues and theatricals.
The Theatre closed in 1976 after a deserted screening of "The Exorcist." (In the following years) There were several attempts to convert it into a viable space, and it was used as a dinner theater and comedy club. But none of the ventures was successful, and the building was slated for demolition more than once.
In 1986, a 14-year, $14 million restoration campaign to rebuild and renovate was begun supported by donations from Savannahians and such celebrities as Kevin Spacey and the cast and crew of "Forrest Gump." The Lucas had a grand reopening in December 2000.
The theater’s future is now assured by a relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design. The college supports the theater's overhead and uses it for a number of events including the Savannah Film Festival. The college’s support also allows for a wide range of community uses: the Lucas has presented top-line entertainment including opera from London and Italy, European orchestras, country stars, traveling repertory companies and film series. These events bring in an average of more than 1,000 people per week.
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